Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Paint to Page - A Poetry Workshop with Enda Coyle-Greene

Horace once wrote that, 'A picture is a poem without words.'

During this workshop, through creatively stimulating writing exercises, close reading of poems that have paintings or photographs as their point of reference, and lively group discussion, we will look at how the two art forms frequently confront and speak to each other.

Participants may also bring along a poem (not necessarily art-related in subject!) with which they would like some gentle, constructive help.

Facilitated by poet Enda Coyle-Greene:

Date: Saturday, October 11th, 2014
Time: 11am to 4pm
Location: United Arts Club, 3 Upper Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2.

Cost: €50
(under charging I think)

Lunch & light refreshments included

Link here

Book directly through the Arts Club - phone 01 661 1411

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

National Poetry Day - Poetry Open Mic

Have you ever read your poems aloud? Want to give it a try? Here's an opportunity. The audience will be listening and wanting to like your poems so don't get too nervous.

Thursday 2nd October

We would be delighted if you could join us and participate in a wonderful event being held here in the Irish Writers' Centre next week.

To celebrate National Poetry Day, we're inviting Irish Writers Centre members, writing groups and all friends of the Centre to take part in a poetry open mic.

Guest performances from Deirdre Cartmill, Alan Jude Moore, Maria McManus, Gerard Smyth, Jessica Traynor and more to be announced soon!

Sign up and be in with a chance to perform with this great line-up, or just come along on the night and soak up the atmosphere.

Max. three poems / Five minute slots

Please email if you'd like to perform on the night.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Centre for what will be a very special evening.

Monday, 29 September 2014

dlr Arts Grants 2015

The deadline for applications for both the Arts Grants 2015 and the Arts Access Grants 2015 is Monday the 3rd of November 2014.

For application forms and guidelines please go to:

These forms are not easy to fill in and it's hard to know sometimes what they are looking for and what will knock you over the line. DLR are trying to help with a support session but you can always call your local arts officer if you have a question.

On Wednesday the 8th of October, there will be an application writing support session faciltiated by Kevin Murphy of Voluntary Arts Ireland from 2.30-3.30pm in County Hall, Dún Laoghaire for active retirement associations and for groups that work with older people in the county. Please contact Roisin O'Grady on 01 2719530 or for further details.

dlr Artists Network is hosting a talk on funding, proposals and opportunites on Saturday 4th of October at 11am in the Kingston Hotel. Please email for further details and to register your interest in attending this free event.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Her Father's Daughter – Nessa O'Mahony's third collection of poetry

Have you ever been to a book launch? They are nearly always free to go to, there will often be wine and always good company. Usually someone will introduce the writer or writers and then they'll read a little from the book and talk about the work. They often take place in very interesting buildings too.Why not pop a long and maybe you'll make a habit of it. 

Buy the book too, if you have the cash, won't you? You don't have to but it does keep the publishers in business and the writers in ...pencils.

Acclaimed American poet Tess Gallagher will launch Her Father’s Daughter, Nessa O’Mahony’s third collection of poems, published by Salmon Poetry.

When: Monday 29th September 6.30 All welcome
Where:Irish Writers Centre

In this new collection, Nessa explores the nature of the bonds between fathers and daughters, ties that are eternal and that cannot be dissolved by time, distance or loss. She makes that exploration through poems that combine the autobiographical with the historical as she explores poetically two very contrasting father-daughter relationships from two very contrasting periods of Irish history.

Nessa’s grandfather, Michael McCann, was a quintessential Irish nationalist of the early part of the twentieth century. He fought for the British in World War I, then fought against the British in the Irish War of Independence and finally fought his fellow countrymen in an Irish Civil War. In this collection, Nessa presents a parallel sequences of poems, one relating to her relationship with her own father, whose decline and death she charts with painful honesty, the second exploring the life of her grandfather, a more mysterious figure whose story slowly emerges through her mother's memories, and her own research. The result is a meditation on love and losing and on what is retained through narrative and memory.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Dublin Theatre Festival - Panel Discussions

Chaired by Sean Rocks and presented in association with RTÉ Radio One, these discussions will address some of the themes at play in the 2014 festival programme. The panels are open to the public and will be recorded for broadcast on RTÉ Radio One’s Arena. Admission is free but ticketed. Early booking is advised as seats are limited.

Whose Hamlet is it anyway?

He may be one of the most famous characters in world literature, but he has also proved to be one of the most malleable. For the Victorians, he was a warning against the dereliction of duty; for us today, he might be more recognisable as a stay-at-home arts graduate who doesn’t know what to do with himself. What is it that allows him to be our eternal contemporary?
  • Venue: Bewley’s Café Theatre
  • Date: Saturday Sept 27, 4pm

Imagining Australia

The showcase of Australian productions at this year’s festival opens the door on a theatre culture that remains largely unknown to Irish audiences. What can we learn from works written on the other side of the world? Does Australian theatre have lessons for Ireland in how it deals with cultural diversity and a colonial past?
  • Venue: Bewley’s Café Theatre
  • Date: Thursday Oct 2, 4pm

Playwriting – making it work, getting it on

How do we identify talented writers with something to say and ensure that their work is staged? How can we ensure that playwrights have sustainable careers in theatre, that their development and risk-taking as writers is encouraged? This panel will focus on the role and opportunities for playwrights in Ireland today, with contributions from playwrights, dramaturgs and Irish theatre companies who develop and present new writing for the stage.
  • Panel:
  • Sean Rocks (Chair)
  • Lynne Parker (Trustee of Stewart Parker Trust and Artistic Director of Rough Magic)
  • Aideen Howard (Literary Director of the Abbey Theatre)
  • Amy Conroy (Playwright, founder HotForTheatre and author of an In Development presentation during Dublin Theatre Festival 2014)
  • Hanna Slattne (Dramaturg, Tinderbox Theatre Company

Presented in association with the Stewart Parker Trust.
  • Venue: Irish Writers’ Centre
  • Date: Wednesday Oct 8, 4pm

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Flaming for Leonard

Here I am reading my poem, Flaming for Leonard, especially written for the Leonard Cohen Celebration with the Poetry Divas at the start of August 2014 in the Liberty Hall Theatre in Dublin.
In September, it was broadcast on Danish National Radio as part of a documentary on Leonard Cohen.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

2015 WOW! Award

Submissions for the 2015 WOW! Award
Deadline: Friday October 31st.

€2100 in Prize money plus publication in the 2015 WOW! Anthology.

Judges for 2015
Poetry: Afric McGlinchey
Fiction: Danielle McLaughlin

Poems up to 100 lines
Fiction up to 3000 words

Full details, including how to enter, at