The Glens Centre, Manorhamilton, Sunday, November 3, 10:30 – 16:30. €30, booking through https://glenscentre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873607199 or phone the Glens: (071) 9855833. Led by Monica Corish, award-winning writer and AWA certified writing workshop leader.
At this workshop we will write in response to prompts inspired by Samhain.
The festival of Samhain is associated with borders, boundaries and liminal spaces – between life and death, sleep and waking, the world of the everyday and the world of the sídhe. It is the time of summer’s end and the beginning of winter and the Celtic year, a time when the veil between worlds is thinned. Our writing may be inspired by any realm – by mythical borders or by political limits and lines on the map. No previous experience of writing is necessary – all you need bring with you is a notebook, a pen, and a willingness to be surprised by your own words.
If you’re a writer, a writing tutor, or a literary blogger, please remind your friends and followers that the deadline for submissions to the 2019 Allingham Poetry and Flash Fiction Competitions is scheduled for 26 September.
There’s decent prize money, and some of the past winners (including Una Mannion and E.M. Reapy) have gone on to great things. The following summary covers the essentials and provides a link to the Allingham website.
2019 ALLINGHAM POETRY AND FLASH FICTION COMPETITIONS
Deadline: 26 September 2019
Details: €300 prizes for winners in Poetry and Flash Fiction competitions. Judges include Annemarie Ní Churreáin, writer-in-residence at Maynooth; Denise Blake, Donegal poet and workshop leader; Brian Leyden, author and memoirist; and Leitrim author Jo Holmwood. Prizes to be awarded at the 2019 Allingham Festival Literary Lunch in the Nirvana Restaurant on Saturday, 9 November in Ballyshannon, Co Donegal. Rules and on-line entry forms are found at
If you’re interested in developing your skills as a poet, this is the workshop for you. You will spend time reading and learning from established poets, writing new work, and revising your poems through constructive critique and insightful feedback.
Thursday, Sep 12 & 26; Oct 10 & 24; Nov 7 & 21; Dec 5. Min 6 / Max 9 participants Cost for 7 sessions: €130. Early bird before Sept 2: €110.
Women Writing Together – – Fortnightly, Wednesdays, 7 – 9:30 PM
Explore your creativity and develop confidence in your voice by writing with other women in a warm and encouraging environment. If you are new to creative writing, or if you want to use the workshop time to explore your voice, experiment with different genres and styles and write new work, then this Amherst method workshop is for you.
Wednesdays, Sep 11 & 25; Oct 9 & 23; Nov 6 & 20; Dec 4. Min 6 / Max 11 participants. Cost for 7 sessions: €110 Early bird before Sept 2 : €95
This year’s Allingham Festival will feature journalist Eamonn McCann, poet Annemarie Ní Churreáin, documentary filmmaker Garry Keane, illustrator and former Children’s Laureate PJ Lynch, and a tribute to playwright Frank McGuinness.
This is the second in a series of workshops on the theme of Poetry and Story, Landscape and Myth. Future workshops will take place on Nov 3 and Feb 2.
The Field Trip
The day will begin with a meet-up and writing exercise in the Glens Centre. Weather permitting we will then go on a car-pooling, wheelchair-accessible field trip to the Shannon Pot, followed by an alfresco lunch and writing session at the Cavan Burren.
There is a catering van at the Cavan Burren, run by Cuilcagh Catering. They offer soup, sandwiches, chips, breakfast baps, scones, tea, coffee etc – alternatively, you can bring your own lunch. We will return to the Glens Centre for the afternoon writing session.
The Met Eireann forecast offers the probability of 13°C, some light drizzle and a gentle breeze. So dress warm, wear rain gear, walking shoes or sandals – no need for boots – and, in case the forecast is entirely wrong, a sun hat. And if it looks like there will be more than occasional drizzle, we will follow an indoor-based mystery Plan B…
Feedback from the Bealtaine workshop
You brought the myths alive again for me… Very good workshop, well researched and well planned… I could not believe how much gold I unearthed… Very interesting triggers… An incredibly encouraging and talent-nurturing workshop….
This Lughnasa-inspired workshop, led by Monica Corish, will take place in Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim on Sunday August 11, 10:00 – 18:00, only €30.
The day will begin with a short writing exercise in the Glens Centre. Weather permitting, we will then go on a car-pooling, wheelchair-accessible, mystery field trip, where we will glean further inspiration, before returning to the Glens Centre in the afternoon. And if it is a day of torrential rain, as is entirely possible, a Plan B will be hatched. More details closer to the time…
Image credits: Lugh by Brian Froude, Wheat Bees Design mightyskins.com, Tailltiu by Jim Fitzpatrick.
You can learn more about this series of workshops, “Poetry and Story, Landscape and Myth”, from Ocean FM Arts House (the interview between Harry Keaney and Monica Corish begins about 16 minutes into the podcast).