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Places still available on Manorhamilton Writing Workshop, May 26 – Book Now

Only €30. This Bealtaine-inspired workshop, led by Monica Corish, will take place on Sunday May 26, 10:30 – 4:30. You can book directly through the Glens Centre website, or by phone/email: (071) 985583/info@theglenscentre.com

Learn more about the workshop from my earlier blog, and from this Ocean FM Arts House podcast. The interview between Harry Keaney and Monica Corish begins about 16 minutes into the podcast.

 

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Bealtaine Writing Workshop: Interview on Arts House, Ocean FM Sunday May 19

maeve close upMy interview with Harry Keaney for Ocean FM’s Art House will be broadcast Sunday, May 19 between 8 and 9 p.m. (about half way through the program, Harry tells me). During the interview we talked about my upcoming Bealtaine Creative Writing Workshop at the Glens Centre, Manorhamilton. and also about the writing life, writing workshops and the Amherst Method.

You can book for the Bealtaine workshop (Sunday May 26, 10:30 – 4:30) directly through the Glens Centre website.

Bealtaine Creative Writing May 26

To book, contact the Glens Centre Manorhamilton directly:  (071) 985583 / info@theglenscentre.com. Sunday, May 26, 10:30 – 16:30. Cost: €30. Places limited, advance booking required.

In the month of May the Cailleach of Winter transforms into the blossoming Goddess of Summer. Bealtaine is associated with the fertility of nature and the imagination; with flowering hawthorn; and the need-fire of purification and blessing. The Tuatha De Danann are strongly linked with Bealtaine. According to the Book of Invasions, the golden people of the goddess Danu landed at Sliabh an Iarainn (Iron Mountain, on the shores of Lough Allen, Co Leitrim) during the Bealtaine festival. Many years later they went through the same mountain into the Otherworld and became the daoine sídhe.

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At this workshop we will draw on the stories of Bealtaine to spark new writing in any form – poetry, story, memoir, opinion, reflection. The workshops will be led by award-winning writer and AWA-trained writing group leader Monica Corish monicacorish.ie. They are suitable for both novice writers and experienced writers, anyone over the age of eighteen. No previous knowledge of folklore or myth is needed.

This is the first in a series of workshops on the theme of “Poetry and Story, Landscape and Myth”, supported by the Glens Centre, the Arts Council and Leitrim County Council. Photo credit Slieve Anierin mountainviews.ie

Order! Order!

We wrote an animal-metaphor poem in my poetry group last week. Here’s my take, hot off the press:

ORDER! ORDER!


It's feeding time in the Mother of Parliaments,

words hurled from backbench

to bench and back again,

an orgy of guffaws,

biting, nit-picking, backslapping, chittering.


The Silverback shakes his dominance mace,

thunders his deep-chested roar:

Order! Order!

But these are no gentle, familial Gorillas;

the rowdy ones are not the listeners.


They deafen silence,

these feral Chimpanzees,

shrieking, bickering, screeching.

Hear, Here, they howl. Me, Me.

Look at me. Look at me.

OOPS – CORRECT DATE: May 26, Poetry and Story, Landscape and Myth @ The Glens Centre, Manorhamilton

Be inspired to write by the landscapes and borders, Prince Connells Grave Kiltycloghermythologies and megaliths of Leitrim and the North West. Four one day workshops at the Glens Centre, Manorhamilton, led by Monica Corish. €30 / single workshop; €100 / 4 workshops

  • Bealtaine: Sun May 26 2019, 10:30 – 16:30
  • Lunasa: Sun, Aug 11 2019, 10:00 – 18:00
  • Samhain: Sun, Nov 3 2019, 10:30 – 16:30
  • Imbolc: Sun, Feb 2 2020, 10:30 – 16:30

 

An Cailleach Bhéara Rob Hurson Flickr

 

Places limited, advance booking required.

To book, contact info@theglenscentre.com / (071) 9855833.

Supported by the Glens Centre, the Arts Council and Leitrim County Council.

 

 

CORRECTION: May 26, Poetry and Story, Landscape and Myth: Glens Centre, Manorhamilton

Prince Connells Grave KiltyclogherBe inspired to write by the landscapes and borders, mythologies and megaliths of Leitrim and the North West. Four one day workshops at the Glens Centre, Manorhamilton, led by Monica Corish. €30 / single workshop; €100 / 4 workshops

  • Bealtaine: Sun May 26 2019, 10:30 – 16:30
  • Lunasa: Sun, Aug 11 2019, 10:00 – 18:00
  • Samhain: Sun, Nov 3 2019, 10:30 – 16:30
  • Imbolc: Sun, Feb 2 2020, 10:30 – 16:30

 

An Cailleach Bhéara Rob Hurson Flickr

 

Places limited, advance booking required.

To book, contact info@theglenscentre.com / (071) 9855833.

Supported by the Glens Centre, the Arts Council and Leitrim County Council.

 

 

Carnality for Creative Writers

Tom Sigafoos

Carnality sits at the root of the show-don’t-tell edict that every writing teacher harps on all the time, because it works. By carnal, I mean, Can you apprehend it through the five senses? In writing a scene, you must help the reader employ smell and taste and touch as well as image and noise. The more carnal a writer’s nature, the better she’ll be at this, and there are subcategories according to the senses. A great glutton can evoke the salty bite of pastrami on black rye; the sex addict will excel at smooth flesh; the one with a painterly eye visual beauty, etc. Every memoir should brim over with the physical experiences that once streamed in—the smell of garlicky gumbo, your hand in an animal’s fur, the ocean’s phosphor lighting up bodies underwater all acid green. Of all memoir’s five elements, carnality is the most primary and necessary and—luckily…

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Roddy Doyle in Donegal

Tom Sigafoos

Roddy Doyle photo

On February 11, author and Fighting Words founder Roddy Doyle visited Bundoran. He sat in on a creative writing workshop with students from Holy Family National School, and he met with a group of prospective volunteers. His visit was covered in two articles in the Donegal Democrat. Following his visit, eleven new volunteers signed up to support Fighting Words North West.

Ocean FM recorded an interview about Roddy’s visit on the Arts House show. My interview is included in the first 12 minutes of the podcast.

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