Fighting Words is coming to South Donegal/North Leitrim/North Sligo/West Fermanagh, and we are looking for volunteers! Have you got what it takes? Have a browse on the Fighting Words website: www.fightingwords.ie/volunteer to learn more, or come along to an information session at Bundoran Library on Monday, October 9 from 12 till 1.
From the website:
What kind of people volunteer at Fighting Words?
Everyone! All tutoring at Fighting Words is free and delivered by teams of volunteer writing tutors. We have over 400 volunteer tutors – people from all walks of life – including third level students (from all disciplines!), retired people, writers (both professional and aspiring), teachers, journalists, visual artists, musicians and filmmakers – just to name a few.
What kind of skills do I need to volunteer at Fighting Words?
Anyone who enjoys working in a creative environment with the individuals and groups that come to our centres – and is a good listener – is welcome to volunteer. You don’t need to be a writer or a teacher to be a Fighting Words volunteer writing tutor.
What kind of commitment to I have to give?
Volunteering with Fighting Words is totally flexible because your time is a valuable resource. Tutors choose the days and times they come in using our online calendar for Dublin, Glencree and Cork. You simply click on the day you’d like to come in and sign up. For example, we have tutors who choose to come in on the same day every week on the same day, tutors who come in for a week or two in the summer and tutors who come in a few times a year for evening workshops. In Mayo, the local volunteer co-ordinator will contact you by email about our monthly workshops.
There is no minimum time commitment – and we mean that!
Dig out your best work, there is still time to enter. Up to 5 poems, max 40 lines; up to 5 flash fiction pieces, max 800 words. Moya Cannon will judge the poetry competition, Paul Lynch the flash fiction, and Monica Corish will be the filter judge for both competitions. Read all about it at http://www.allinghamfestival.com/fiction-poetry-competitions/
And keep an eye on the Allingham website for news of lots of splendid writerly events, including a poetry masterclass from Moya, a book launch from Paul, and readings from all three judges.
Paul Lynch, Irish writer.
Have you always wanted to write, but didn’t know where to start? Maybe you’re writing already, and you could do with some encouragement, inspiration, support?
Bundoran Community Centre is offering a new ETB-funded creative writing class on Thursday mornings, 10.30 – 12.30, starting September 28.
The cost for 7 sessions is only €14. The classes will be led by local creative writing tutor Monica Corish. Places are limited, so contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place, or phone 071-982-9675.
Poetry and Story Inspired by Myth, August 19. This workshop is now full 🙂 If you would like to go on a cancellation waiting list, please send me your mobile number via email or FB private message – Thanks, Monica
Sinead Morrisey, Belfast’s poet laureate and winner of the TS Eliot prize, will read at the Stoneywoods Festival on Saturday, July 1 at 5:50 p.m. Sinead will be accompanied by Teresa Lally, winner of the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award, and myself, Monica Corish. The event is €5 at the door and all are welcome to attend.
Unfortunately I’ve had to cancel the RDW/Comhlamh creative writing workshop, scheduled for April 22 in the Great Southern Hotel Sligo.
In the current issue of Africa Magazine.
Thanks to friend and Manorhamilton artist Rachel Webb for the videos, taken at the Five Glens Festival…
The Cuban Ambassador to Ireland, H.E. Dr. Hermes Herrera Hernández will be the Guest of Honour at the Official Opening of Emer O’Shea’s fabulous ‘Celebrating Cuba – From the Bluestacks to the Carribean’, a photographic exhibition at the Abbey Arts Centre, Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, at 6 pm (prior to the carnival parade) on Saturday October 7.
The exhibition is sponsored by Donegal County Council as a Bluestacks Festival Event. Refreshments will be served and a wee taste of salsa may be on the menu. Prints of the images can be ordered and all profits will go to Dr.David Hickey’s Fund for Medical Aid for Cuba. Everyone is welcome, RSVP Emer O’Shea 0860219023, email@example.com
The excellent Bailieborough Poetry Festival is coming up soon, October 5 – 7th, with a splendid lineup of readings and workshops…
Develop your writing skills through free-writing and craft exercises, constructive critique and insightful feedback. The workshops will be led by Monica Corish, an experienced and encouraging workshop leader and an award-winning writer of poetry, short stories and memoir. They are suitable for aspiring poets, fiction writers and memoirists. Places limited to 8.
Fortnightly on Tuesdays, 7– 9:30 pm: September 12 & 26, October 10 & 24, November 7 & 21, December 5.
Cost: €110 / €95 early pay before September 5. Go to www.monicacorish.ie for more info and payment options.
Allingham Flash Fiction and Poetry Competitions
Moya Cannon will judge the poetry competition, and Paul Lynch the flash fiction. Postal entries September 9; online entries September 11. Read all about it at http://www.allinghamfestival.com/fiction-poetry-competitions/
Paul Lynch, Irish writer.