- Reading and Q&A, Creative Writing Workshop, Master Class
- Age Group
- 11-15, 16 - 18
- Primary, Post Primary
- Works in English ONLY
- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Publications/Repertoire/Productions & Background Experience
I compiled and edited the two key collections of poetry by Irish poets for children: [a] the now classic Historical Anthology: Irish Poems for Young People (with Bridie Quinn, Wolfhound Press 1975, and now in paperback); and the award winning, Something beginning with P: New poems by Irish Poets (The O’Brien Press, 2004 hardback, 2007 paperback). My own poetry collections are for adults, but while I have had poems selected for inclusion in children’s anthologies, my primary poetry writing is adult, in collections such as That morning will Come (Salmon Poetry, 2007), Clowns & Acrobats (Wolfhound Press 2000) and Carnival (Monarchline, 1988). As a book publisher, I developed the very highly regarded children’s literary and general book list at Wolfhound Press over many years. I am a former chair and board member of Children’s Books Ireland.
I have substantial experience facilitating & tutoring creative writing in poetry, my primary interest, and in story writing, at both primary and second level. I have tutored international student workshops in poetry & story, both online & in classroom sessions, with Schools Across Borders (and also work with third level and adult groups).
Originally from Conna in County Cork, I worked in Ireland and Tanzania as a teacher before turning to book publishing and poetry writing. I studied at St Colman’s Fermoy, NUI Maynooth and UCC.
My workshop sessions aim at guiding each individual towards releasing the imagination through discovering the wonders of language, and giving artistic expression to the individual’s experiences and ideas. I structure of sessions according to the needs of the particular group and the individuals within it.
Age Group Details
Children and students from fifth class age up to transition or final years at second level; also adults (including third level students, teachers, and ‘adult education’ groups).
General, including occasional weekends.