Monday, 15 September 2014

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize
This is interesting. It's the inaugural Caterpillar Poetry Prize.

Deadline: 31 March 2015 

Prize: €1,000 plus publication in The Caterpillar

Details: To celebrate the first year of The Caterpillar, an arts &literature magazine for children, we’re looking for a stand-out poem written by an adult for children (aged 7-11) to which we can award a prize of €1,000.
The prize is open to everyone, as long as the work is original and previously unpublished.

The entry fee is €12 per poem, and you can enter as many poems as you like.

The prize will be judged by the publishers of The Caterpillar and The Moth.

For further details go to

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Creative Writing Classes in Café Joly

Start to Write and From History to Story: Turning a Passion for Research into Writing
Tuesday, 30 September - Tuesday 25 November 2014, 10am-12.30pm

with Yvonne Cullen begin from the end of September, in the National Library's Cafe Joly. 

Yvonne Cullen is an award-winning poet and screenwriter as well as a writer of prose. To book a place, contact or phone Yvonne at 086 1701418
Start to Write will get you going as a writer and keep you going. And if the going gets too tough, the nicest cakes and coffee in town are only every a few feet away. 
Course duration: 10 weeks of 2.5 hour classes. Course fee €250. Start dates: Saturdays, September 27th, Wednesdays October 1st. 
In From History to Story: Turning a Passion for Research into Creative Writing  Yvonne will draw on her nine years' experience researching and writing A Winter Quarters, a book about caravans, travelling shows and home, due out at the end of this year.
Course duration: 10 weeks, from 2.30 to 4.30 on 10 Thursday afternoons from October 2nd. Course fee €260.
Yvonne is an award-winning poet and screenwriter as well as a writer of prose. She has been leading writing workshops and writing retreats around Ireland for 24 years.
More information on the courses and their duration, click here

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Master Class in Poetry- Bernard O'Donoghue

I would love to go to this retreat in Anam Cara but it is way out of my price range. Residential, full board.

Led by the poet Bernard O'Donoghue

A Week-long Residential Retreat
Arrival:  Saturday, 11 October 2014
Departure: Saturday, 18 October 2014

"I grew up in rural North Cork, in a place famous for traditional music and for poetry in Irish from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. These things led to deep-rooted interests in linguistic things, and especially literature, both written and oral. I went to school in Manchester (my mother's place of origin) when I was 16, and my obsessions from then on were Latin, English literature and music (including classical music at the Halle). I have lived in Oxford since 1965, and my main inspirations have been medieval literature: Chaucer and Dante and above all, the shorter poems in Old and Middle English. The Anglo-Saxon elegies are my model for the perfectly formed lyric poem." 

For many years, Bernard has spent time on and been inspired by the Beara Peninsula.  His Master Class will focus on using such places and time as subject matter and/or inspiration as he guides participating poets in enhancing their poetic gifts.    

It also includes tours of the area so perhaps it's aimed at poets from abroad.
Max 12 participants.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Awards

This one is for a poetry collection.

Two winners will have a 52 page poetry collection published by Indigo Dreams Publishing and receive 25 copies.
Submission: Selection of 10 poems to 36 lines max.
Entry Fee: £20 per block of poems.
Closing Date: 30th September 2014.
Publication (to coincide with Geoff’s birth date) June 4th 2015.
All entries must be accompanied by cheque to correct amount made payable to ‘IDP’ or via PayPal.
Note: I suggest you research the publishers for this or similar competitions first to see if it is right for you.
Indigo Dreams also publish magazines that are open for poetry submissions.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Benedict Kiely Literary Weekend

There's lots going on in Omagh this weekend.

Thursday 11th September - Omagh Library
8.00 pmReading by Bernie McGill                              

Friday 12th September - Strule Arts Centre
5.00 pmRegistration
6.30 pmWelcome by the Chairman of
Omagh District Council
Opening and Launch of art exhibition:
'Beyond Measure'
8:00 pmPanel discussion with Dr Eamonn Hughes,
David Hayden and Sinéad Gleeson.
Chaired by Declan Meade.

Saturday 13th September - Strule Arts Centre
10.30 amReading from The China Factory
Mary Costello
11.30 amTea/Coffee
12.00 pmBernard MacLaverty
A reading from Collected Stories
1.00 pmLUNCH
2.00 pmReading by Claire Keegan
3.30 pmBus Tour (meet at box office at Strule Arts Centre)
3.30 pmWriting workshop with Bernie McGill
8:00 pmDrinks Reception in Strule arts Centre
Hosted by Chairman of Omagh district Council
8.30 pmBuffet Supper in Strule Café
9.30 pmSam McDonald (Teeling Irish Whiskey)
Join Sam for a ball of malt and a bit of craic
as he reflects on 'Vice, Spirit and
industry in ireland.' 

Sunday 14th September - Strule Arts Centre
11.00 amBilly Ramsell
A world of machines, machine management
and communication is at the heart of Cork-
born poet Billy Ramsell's second collection of
poems. The digital signals involved comprise
a new life force on the planet, one we have
scarcely even begun to comprehend.
11.45 amTea/Coffee
12.15 pmReading from work in progress byPat McCabe
1.00 pmFarewell


Full Weekend Ticket: £85 (€105).
Cheques in sterling/euros payable to Omagh District Council.
This includes attendance at all sessions, light refreshments
throughout, buffet supper on Friday, lunch and buffet supper
on Saturday and a choice of the bus tour or the writing
workshop. It does not include the cost of accommodation.

Individual sessions: £8.00 (€10.00)

Sunday Special (2 consecutive sessions): £12.00 (€15.00)

Booking Information for 13th Benedict Kiely Literary Weekend (2014)

Friday, 5 September 2014

Red Line Festival

The programme for the Red Line Festival in Dublin South is announced. There are lots of events but my recommendations are:

Tuesday 14th Oct

 3.00pm – 4.30pm
Whitechurch Library, Rathfarnham
Booking @ 01 493 0199
Admission Free
Enda Wyley is an award winning poet and children’s writer. She has published four collections of poetry, and her new collection is due to be published this September. During her workshop Enda will inspire and encourage participants to look at poetry by established poets, create new work and to share their writing with class members … an inspiring afternoon for all poets!
Places limited; book early to avoid disappointment!

Wednesday 15th Oct

County Library Tallaght
Booking @ 01 462 0073;
Admission Free
 In ten of Dublin’s most historic buildings, we encounter the great periods of building activity, the people involved in their construction and the institutions that inhabited them. Behind the façades is the story of Dublin. Bringing together the story of these landmark buildings, Lisa takes us on a wonderful journey through the shifting social, political and cultural history of Ireland’s capital.
Lisa Marie Griffith is the Co-ordinator of the Cultural Heritage Studies Programme at the National Print Museum in Dublin.

Thursday 15th Oct

Booking at 01 451 5860;
Admission Free
 The competition winners of our annual poetry competition will be announced and invited to read their poems. The event will include a reading by special guest, competition judge Nessa O’Mahony. Having spent 15 years in journalism and public relations, Nessa was one of the first writers in Ireland to complete a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing in 2007. She teaches creative writing with the Open University and has published two collections of poems and a verse novel.

Civic Theatre
Booking at Civic Theatre Box Office: Book Online or Tel 01 462 7477;
Admission €12/€10 concessions
 South Dublin Libraries are delighted to announce the 4th annual TEDxTallaght, our TED (Technology, Entertainment & Design) event showcasing the best of Irish and international thinkers and innovators. Topics covered include quantum physics, eating behaviours, playfulness, urban farming and more! It will be a truly inspirational evening. The speakers this year are Elaine Doyle, Adam Murphy, Andrew Douglas, Paul Gleeson, Jack Kavanagh, Darren McNelis, Gillian Riley, Ian Kingston, AnnMarie Steen…and finally some surprises with the Boomwhackers!! Read more about the speakers here.

Friday 16th Oct

#READWOMEN 2014 with Eileen Casey, Valerie Sirr and Geraldine Mills in conversation with Sue Hassett
Loose End Studio, Civic Theatre Tallaght
Booking at Civic Theatre Box Office: Book Online or Tel 01 4627477;
Admission €8/€6
 Are literary women writers undersold and undervalued by the current literary universe? In 2014 a small American literary journal vowed to cover women writers for a full year. Then, artist Joanna Walsh’s #readwomen2014 project became a popular meme on social media. Join three Hennessy award winning writers, Valerie Sirr, Geraldine Mills and Eileen Casey in this lively debate as they assess and attempt to redress male writers’ dominance in the literary world. The event is facilitated by local writer Sue Hassett

Thursday, 4 September 2014

UCD Adult Education Course

The Big Four: Yeats, Joyce, Beckett, Heaney

Tuesday, 30 September - Tuesday 25 November 2014, 10am-12.30pm

Just noticed this is a mid week morning. So adult education but only if you're not at work. Or minding children. Hm. Not very impressive.

Anyway, if you are of that ilk, and have €195 to spend. here's the low down.

Through a series of eight lectures, students will engage with poetry, the short story, the novel and drama in examining the contributions of Yeats, Joyce, Beckett and Heaney to Irish and world literature. Classes will focus on key texts to investigate the aesthetic achievements of their work and its lasting influence.
To book a place, register at or contact UCD Adult Education Centre on 01-7167123.
Fee €195. 

There's also 
Living in the Modern World: ‘Modernism’ - the twentieth century’s soul 
The energy of the early twentieth century was reflected in brilliant literature: James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, TS Eliot and in new forms of art: film, jazz and architecture. ‘Living in the Modern World’ is a course which enables students to examine the historical and social change that inspired some of the greatest writers and artist of the twentieth century. Students will investigate and understand what Modernism was about and will learn to recognise and understand its various styles and characteristics and to trace their development by some of the most famous writers of the era. Time will also be given to how Modernism influenced music, film, painting, architecture. No previous knowledge or skills will be required beyond curiosity, enthusiasm and an interest in reading.
Fee: €190