Martin Dyar

Poet, Dramatist
Reading and Q&A, Discussion with Writer, Creative Writing Workshop
Age Group
5 - 6, 7 - 10, 11-15, 16 - 18
Primary, Post Primary
Works in English ONLY
Monday, Tuesday
Mornings, Afternoons

Publications/Repertoire/Productions & Background Experience

Originally from Swinford in County Mayo, Martin Dyar is the author of the Pigott Prize shortlisted poetry collection Maiden Names. His poem 'Death and the Post Office' has been added to the Leaving Cert Prescribed Poetry syllabus. He has also written a play, Tom Loves a Lord, about the Irish poet Thomas Moore; and, with the composer Ryan Molloy, a poetry song cycle, Buaine na Gaoithe (a suite for soprano, harp and flute) which had an Irish national tour in 2018.

Martin won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2009 and the Strokestown International Poetry Award in 2001. He has held fellowships at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Iowa, the Washington Ireland Program, and at the University of Limerick where he currently teaches poetry on the MA in Creative Writing. He has a PhD in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin and extensive lecturing and teaching experience at all levels. He also has expertise in medical education and experience in literacy education for adults and young people with learning disabilities.

Session Details

Six adaptable formats:

Talks and workshops for Leaving Cert Students studying the prescribed poetry syllabus, with a focus on the poem ‘Death and the Post Office’.

Talks and workshops on Leaving Cert poetry more generally (higher and ordinary level),with sessions tailored to meet the particular interests of the class or teacher: (Durcan, Frost, Larkin, Boland, Heaney, Plath, et al).

Classes for junior cycle students on poetry and creativity generally, with a focus on students’ own artistic identity and writing.

Primary Schools classes: an original programme called My Poetry Animal: an interactive poetry writing class for children based on ideas of environmental awareness.

Classes for special needs groups (all ages) combining the exploration of poetry with arts and crafts.

Lectures and workshops for teachers’ groups on poetry at secondary level (tending towards leaving cert syllabus, and drawing on the classic schools work of Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney)

Age Group Details

All ages

Availability Details

Available one to two days per week during term time

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