Kerry Hardie

Poet, Novelist
Reading and Q&A, Discussion with Writer, Master Class, Workshop
Age Group
11-15, 16 - 18
Post Primary
Works in English ONLY
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Publications/Repertoire/Productions & Background Experience

Kerry Hardie has published seven collections of poetry, the first six with the Gallery Press, Ireland. Her Selected Poems were published by the Boodaxe Press UK, who have also published her most recent collection, The Zebra Stood in the Dark (2015). She has written two novels, A Winter Marriage and the Bird Woman, (Harper Collins UK; Little,Brown US) and is currently working on a third. This summer sees the production of a voices-and-music piece for radio and stage performance, that was broadcast on RTE and premiered at the Kilkenny Arts Festival, 2015. Prizes include the National Poetry Prize (Ireland), The Michael Hartnett Award, a Catherine and Patrick Kavanagh Award, the James Joyce Suspended Sentence Award (Australia) and the Lawrence O'Shaughnessy Award for Poetry, University of St Thomas, Minnesota.

Session Details

For workshops, I prefer to work with not more than 12 people, & preferably round a central table. I don’t like lecture hall situations, especially raked halls. I will do creative writing workshops as well as masterclasses, but feel that participants gain more if they are sufficiently interested in writing to want to bring their own work. I am also happy to mix the two forms. For readings & Q&A sessions, I will work with any number of participants & I don’t mind lecture-room situations

Age Group Details

Preferred age group: 13-18 year olds

Availability Details

My availability is limited by ill-health & also by whatever I happen to be working on. For instance, if I am working on a novel, it is more difficult to break off that if I am working on poetry. I am also away quite a lot. I will travel & stay over, but only if there is more than one day’s work involved. I prefer work within the S.E., but will go to Dublin, within the train times as I am not well enough to drive that far, then teach, then drive home. I will also occasionally do mornings [although I have ticked afternoons] but only if they are very local, as I am generally better in the afternoons so more able to drive to a venue then teach.

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