Six Week Poetry Appreciation Course with Aosdána poet Ciaran O’Driscoll

Deadline: 14 Oct 2020

Poet and Aosdána member Ciaran O’Driscoll is offering an online advanced course in poetry appreciation from Wednesday 14 October - Wed 18 November, aimed at anyone interested in deepening and widening their appreciation of poetry.

The course will be for six weeks and will involve looking at and discussing several classical and contemporary poems, and inviting responses from the course members.
The aim of the course is to concentrate on other people’s poems, not those of the members, but it is hoped that the course will indirectly encourage writing, both by increasing the know-how of course members who are already writers, and stimulating those who have not yet written to ‘take the plunge’.

Ciaran will treat poetry as an experience in itself, a form of contemplation, that resounds in both mind and heart. He will also look at some of the famous answers to the question ‘But what use is poetry?’ The content of the course will also include aspects of the more ‘technical’ side of poetry, and examine different styles of writing from traditional to modernist and contemporary.

Fee payable in advance via PayPay, cash or cheque €90.00
For details and booking information, contact Dominic Taylor /

Ciaran O’Driscoll lives in Limerick. A member of Aosdána, he has published nine books of poetry, including Gog and Magog (1987), Moving On, Still There (2001), and Surreal Man (2006). His work has appeared in many anthologies, most recently in Seeds of Gravity (SurVision, 2020), and has been translated into many languages. Liverpool University Press published his childhood memoir, A Runner Among Falling Leaves (2001). His novel, A Year’s Midnight, was published by Pighog Press (2012). His awards include the James Joyce Prize and the Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry. His poem ‘Please Hold’ (featured in Forward’s anthology Poems of the Decade) has become a set text for A Level English Literature. His latest book of poetry is the chapbook The Speaking Trees (2018).  

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