On the trail of Colmcille

Deadline: 10 Oct 2021

A series of online literary events to mark the 1500th birth anniversary of Colmcille. Led by Irish poet Annemarie Ní Churreáin and Scottish poet Charlie Gracie, these will include public workshops, poetry readings and podcast/webinar discussions: creating a space for poetry, reflection and the exploration of cross-cultural perspectives of Colmcille.

This event is in three parts: 22 August 7-10pm, 12 September 7-10pm and 10 October 7-10pm.

All levels of experience and ability are welcome.

Exploring the art and craft of writing poetry, these workshops will create a space for inspiration, reflection and the exploration of cross-cultural perspectives of Colmcille. How can the poet draw from Colmcille stories? How have poets previously responded to Colmcille? In a supportive and encouraging environment, you will learn to identify resonant poetic themes from the life and legacy of Colmcille, and gain insights into the dynamics at play in the making of a poem. Workshop activities will include creative writing prompts, close reading of work by established poets, and group discussion.

Annemarie Ní Churreáin is a poet from the Donegal Gaeltacht. Her publications include Bloodroot (Doire Press, 2017) and Town (The Salvage Press, 2018). She is a recipient from the Irish Arts Council of The Next Generation Award and a co-recipient of The Markievicz Award. Annemarie has been granted literary fellowships by Akademie Schloss Solitude, Hawthornden Castle and Jack Kerouac House Orlando. Her awards include the John Broderick Award and an Artist In Residence Bursary from The Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris. Most recently Annemarie was 2019-20 Writer in Residence at Maynooth University of Ireland.

Charlie Gracie grew up in Baillieston, Glasgow. His poetry collections, Good Morning (2010) and Tales from the Dartry Mountains (2020) were published by Diehard Press. His first novel, To Live With What You Are (2019), was published by Postbox Press.
He has strong links to Donegal, Leitrim and Belfast. His new poetry pamphlet, Belfast to Baillieston, will be published in 2021.
His work has appeared in a range of anthologies and journals, with some listed for literary prizes, including the Bath Novel Award, Cambridge Short Story Prize, Fish Poetry Prize, and Bridport Short Story and Poetry Prizes. Charlie was the 2020 official Scriever for the Federation of Writers (Scotland) and is a former Chair of the Scottish Writers’ Centre. He now lives on the edge of the Trossachs.

>> Find out more