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2019 Brewery Lane Writers’ Weekend, 26th to 28th April, with Enda Wyley & Angela Carr


Harness the power of the poetic voice in your creative writing in this 3-day weekend workshop with poets Angela T. Carr and Enda Wyley.

To book your place get in touch via the Contact Page

Over the course of the weekend, you will explore writing strong openings, getting to the point, creating vivid imagery, and the all-important element of surprise – all essential creative writing skills! Drawing on their expertise, Angela and Enda will focus on how these poetry techniques can expand your writing practice to create richer, more impactful work.

Mornings will include workshops filled with guidance and prompt-based creative writing exercises, as well as stimulation from the work of established writers. You will be inspired and encouraged to create new work, share your writing and receive feedback from the tutors and the group. In the afternoons, you will have the chance to discuss your work with Angela and Enda in one-to-one tutorials and benefit from some self-directed writing time.

The workshop concludes on Sunday afternoon with an opportunity to share the work you’ve developed over the weekend. This is an enjoyable, relaxed creative writing course aimed at beginner and emerging writers, that will provide you with new ideas and techniques to add to your writer’s toolkit!

NB: Limited to 12 participants.

Fee: early bird €160 (if paid in full by Thursday, 31st Jan) or €175 if paid later. This event will fill on a first come, first paid basis.

To book your place get in touch via the Contact Page

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation 4 weeks or more prior to the course start date – full refund (less a 10% admin fee)

Cancellation between 4 weeks to 1 week prior to the course start date – 50% refund

Cancellation less than 7 days  prior to start – NO REFUND

Meet the writers

Enda Wyley

Enda Wyley

Enda Wyley is poet and children’s author. She was born in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin. She has published five collections of poetry with Dedalus Press; Borrowed Space, New and Selected Poems, (2014), To Wake to This, (2009 ), Poems for Breakfast, ( 2004 ), Socrates in the Garden, (1998) and Eating Baby Jesus, (1993 ).

She holds a B.Ed with a distinction in English Literature and was the recipient of an M.A in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. She has received many awards for her poetry including the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize, Melbourne University and The Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship for her poetry.

Her poetry has been widely broadcast, translated and anthologised including in The Harvard Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry, USA, The Wake Forest Book of Irish Women Poets, USA, The Field Day Anthology of Irish Women’s Writing and Tradition, Volumes 4 & 5, Femmes d’Irlande en Poésie, 1973-2013, ed Clíona Ní Ríordáin, Paris and Lines of Vision, The National Gallery of Ireland, 2014.

She has been the Poet-in-Residence for many Irish arts projects and institutions including; The Coombe Maternity Hospital, Dublin and The People’s Acorn, for Áras an Uachtaráin, 2017. She has been Poet in Residence for Dublin’s Culture Connects, 2018 and The Bealtaine Poetry and Film Project May 2018.

Enda Wyley’s books for children from O’Brien Press include I Won’t Go to China! and The Silver Notebook. Her poetry for children has been included in anthologies such as Something Beginning with P, O’Brien Press and Once Upon A Place, Ed Eoin Colfer, Little Island.

Enda Wyley has over 20 years experience of working as a teacher of poetry and creative writing in the various writer in residence, mentoring programmes and poetry courses she has facilitated, for literature festivals, universities and institutions such as Poetry Ireland and The Irish Writers’ Centre, Dublin.

Enda Wyley lives in Dublin with her husband the poet Peter Sirr and their daughter Freya.

In March 2015 she was elected to Aosdána.


New and Selected’ seems the perfectly suited appellation for the work on offer here. Ms. Wyley’s poems are perpetually fresh, utterly scrutinized, marked by vigor and virtuosity, arriving on the page as accomplished things, like settled law, fit for the long haul language calls us to.’ Thomas Lynch, Poet, 2014.

‘Enda Wyley’s poems are remarkable for the way they communicate warm feeling through their lightness of touch and clarity of colour.’ The Trustees of the Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship, 2014.

‘Enda Wyley is a true poet. To Wake To This articulates a subtle, dreamy apprehension through a diction and an imagery all the writer’s own.’ Fiona Sampson, The Irish Times.

‘Wyley’s best work is intimate and celebratory…she celebrates love and poetry itself with tenderness and grace.’ George Szirtes, The Irish Times.

‘Her imagery, honesty and insight make this a first rate work.’ Poetry Ireland Review.


Angela T. Carr

Angela T. Carr is a poet, editor and creative writing facilitator based in Dublin. Her debut collection ‘How to Lose Your Home and Save your Life’ (Bradshaw Books, 2014) won the Cork Literary Review Poetry Manuscript Competition in 2013. Poems from the collection have been broadcast on RTE’s Arena arts programme and displayed on the streets of Dublin as part of the Upstart General Election Poster Project in 2011.

Winner of the 2018 Laureate’s Prize, selected by Carol Ann Duffy, Angela’s work has been placed or shortlisted in over 35 national and international poetry competitions since 2008, including The Poetry Business International Book & Pamphlet Competition, The London Magazine Poetry Prize, Trocaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition, the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award, the Allingham Poetry Prize, Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition and more.

She was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions series in 2014.

Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in literary journals in Ireland, the UK and internationally including The North, The Lonely Crowd, The London Magazine, Prelude, Mslexia, Bare Fiction, Irish Examiner, Banshee, Abridged and Cork Literary Review. Angela is included in Poethead: An Index of Contemporary Irish Women Poets.

Poems have been anthologised in ‘Be Not Afraid: An Anthology in Appreciation of Seamus Heaney’ (Lapwing Press, 2018), Autonomy (New Binary Press, 2018), Refugees Welcome: Poems in a Time of Crisis (Eyewear, 2016) and ‘Looking at the Stars’ (2016).

Her fiction took second place in the inaugural Mslexia Women’s Short Story Competition 2009 and was Highly Commended in the Dromineer Literary Festival Flash Fiction Competition 2015, judged by Tramp Press.

In 2018, she was commissioned to create a digital piece for ‘Form Ever Follows Function’, an exhibition jointly curated by gorse/The Pickled Body for display as part of the ‘Illuminations’ series at NUI Maynooth in February 2019.

Angela taught for two years at University College Dublin and has over nine years’ experience facilitating poetry groups and workshops.

She was Poetry Editor at Headstuff online magazine from 2015-2017, and curates a popular monthly list of poetry competitions, submissions and writing opportunities that draws thousands of readers from around the world.

More information at


’How to Lose Your Home & Save Your Life’ is a remarkably cohesive and carefully crafted collection of poetry. The voice is refreshing, original and interrogating, painting a picture of contemporary Ireland that is clearly post-boom; debt-ridden; urban and edgy with the quiet desperations of modern living.’ Joseph Woods, Cork Literary Review Poetry Manuscript Competition

‘…a beautifully wrought collection, one a reader will want to return to both for its melancholy music and its fiery spirit.’ Afric McGlinchey, Poetry Ireland Trumpet

‘There are not many debut poetry collections as skilful as this… she knows what she has to say and does so with an accuracy and the kind of simplicity her contemporaries will appreciate is not simple to achieve at all.’ Kelly Creighton, The Incubator Journal

‘…compact, neat, beautiful, packed full of tiny details, and far more complex inside than is belied by the exterior… it makes stunning truth of a fiction, as all great poems should, and not a word is wasted.’ Andrew McMillan and Rebecca Perry, The London Magazine Poetry Prize 2016

‘A powerful poem, powerfully crafted. The language throughout is chosen with precision, taking us from the ‘blink and grind’ of the CAT Scan to the remembered or imagined comfort of ‘a summer’s dusk’ where ‘humming to myself; the tree bends to listen.’ The last four lines of the poem are a tour de force of subtle restraint.’ Monica Corish, Allingham Poetry Competition 2014

Writer’s Weekend brought to you with the assistance of Tipperary County Council

Summer Writing: Sun. 29th July 2018


Manyweathers Studio

Dear Writers,

I am delighted to reveal that I will be holding a one-day summer writing workshop on the slopes of fabled Sliabh na mBan, in Co. Tipperary, on Sunday, 29th July, (maybe it should be re-named ‘Scríobh na mBan’ for the day).

The venue is Manyweathers Studio, close to the village of Kilcash, a working artist’s space full of creative energy and with views that will inspire you and fuel your writing. This will be a day where we will slow down, pay attention to place, to our senses and allow our pens to reveal the details, to offer surprises.

As always my approach to writers and writing is informed by the wisdom and work of Pat Schneider and Amherst Writers and Artists, I am an affiliate of AWA and Pat’s book, Writing Alone and With Others, will give those interested an insight into the way I facilitate workshops, and why, and is available in libraries and bookshops. This workshop method always generates creative surprises for both novice and more experienced writers and is based on a trust and belief in the inherent creativity of people. One of my roles as facilitator is to hold a space where we listen to each other and connect with what we hear and, for me, this is a great pleasure and privilege. I just love to do this.

The workshop will be limited to 10 participants. To book please get in touch with me through the Contact Page. All you will need is a pen, a notebook and a desire to write.

Where: Manyweathers Studio, Kilcash, Co. Tipperary (approx 20 mins drive from both Clonmel & Carrick-on-Suir)

When: Sunday, 29th July 2018

Time: 10am to 4.30pm

Fee: €75 (incl teas/coffees, snacks but not lunch. Suggest bringing a packed lunch)

Suitable for: anyone beginning or beginning again to write


2018 Brewery Lane Writers’ Weekend, 6th to 8th April, with Adam Wyeth & Jessica Traynor


The Story Arc: Beginning, Middle and End

Join writers Adam Wyeth and Jessica Traynor, over three days in the unique intimacy of Brewery Lane Theatre, for an exploration of how to shape your ideas for the page.

Over the course of the weekend, we’ll be exploring exciting beginnings, gripping middles and endings that will leave the reader longing for more. This writing workshop focuses on all genres, with course leaders Adam and Jessica specialising in poetry, playwriting, memoir, essay and fiction. The workshop will be prompt-focused, ensuring that each participant comes away with a portfolio of exciting new work.

Each morning, Adam and Jessica will set a series of themed prompts in a fun and welcoming atmosphere, using examples from many different genres of literature, and helping the group to come up with creative and well structured writing. In the afternoons, there will be time for self-directed writing and tutorial feedback sessions with each of the tutors. On the Sunday afternoon, we’ll share some of the work we’ve developed.

Here is a little more detail on some of the topics we’ll cover over the weekend:

  • Speed writing or stream-of-consciousness writing
  • Finding your voice
  • Keeping it symbol
  • Plotting and shaping a short story or novel
  • Characterization, conflict and angle
  • Make it New: Avoiding cliché and subverting it
  • Tackling poetry forms
  • Looking at metaphor and simile
  • Rewriting, editing, polishing
  • Using literature as models and springboards for writing

NB: Limited to 12 participants

Fee: early bird €160 (if paid in full by Wednesday, 31st January) or €175 if paid later.

To book: please get in touch with me through the Contact page

Adam Wyeth

ADAM WYETH is an award-winning poet, playwright and essayist living in Dublin. He has three books published. His critically acclaimed debut collection, Silent Music (2011) was Highly Commended by the Forward Poetry Prize. Adam’s second book, The Hidden World of Poetry: Unravelling Celtic Mythology in Contemporary Irish Poetry (2013) contains poems from Ireland’s leading poets followed by sharp essays that unpack each poem and explore its Celtic mythological references. Adam’s third book and second poetry collection The Art of Dying was published with Salmon in November 2016 and was named as an Irish Times Book of the Year.

Adam’s poetry has won and been commended in many international competitions, including The Bridport Poetry Prize, The Arvon Poetry Prize and The Ballymaloe Poetry Prize. His work appears in several anthologies including The Forward Prize Anthology (2012 Faber), The Best of Irish Poetry (Southword 2010) and The Arvon 25th Anniversary Anthology. Adam was also selected for the 2016 Poetry Ireland Review’s Rising Generation of poets. Recently Adam collaborated with composer Michael Doherty (BBC, Channel 4) who adapted three poems for a choral piece, called The Art of Dying which got 2nd prize in the West Cork Chamber Festival 2017.

Adam’s plays have had several professional productions in Ireland, Berlin and New York. In 2014 he adapted his debut play ‘Hang Up’ for screen, which premiered at Cork International Film Festival. Adam has over twelve years experience as a creative writing facilitator. He works as a professional reader and editor and teaches creative writing online at and He also currently works on research and ideas for RTE’s Radio 1 Poetry Programme.

Jessica Traynor

Jessica Traynor’s debut poetry collection, Liffey Swim (Dedalus Press, 2014), was shortlisted for the 2015 Strong/Shine Award. In 2016, it was named one of the best poetry debuts of the past five years on In 2016, she was commissioned by the Salvage Press to write a series of poems in response to Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal. The resulting art book was published in 2017 and a video on the making of the book can be found here. In 2016, she was commissioned by the Irish Writers Centre and the Arts Council to write a ‘A Demonstration’ for the Easter Rising commemorations. The poem was performed in Ancient Rain, which featured in the 2016 Dublin Theatre Festival and the Melbourne Arts Festival.

Poems are forthcoming or have recently appeared in Metamorphic (AUS/IRL), Copper Nickel (US), Salamander (US), Rochford Street Review, (AUS), Acumen, (UK), Prelude (US), The Café Review (US) Hallelujah for Fifty Foot Women (Bloodaxe), Washing Windows? Irish Women Write Poetry (Arlen House), The Deep Heart’s Core, The Level Crossing and If Ever You Go (Dedalus Press) Agenda (UK), Poetry Ireland Review, One (US), Windharp (Penguin), The Stony Thursday Book, Abridged, The Penny Dreadful, The Irish Times, The Pickled Body, and The Stinging Fly (IRL). Poems have been broadcast on Irish national radio on the Poetry Programme, Arena and Sunday Miscellany.

Jessica was recipient of the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary in 2014. She was named Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year in 2013 and won the 2011 Listowel Poetry Prize. She was the 2010 recipient of a Dublin City Council Literature Bursary and in 2009, was chosen for the Poetry Ireland Introduction Series.

Her poetry has been translated into Czech, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish and was projected in Edinburgh, Krakow, Prague and Dunedin in 2014-6 as part of the Unesco City of Literature Programme.


2017 Brewery Lane Writers’ Weekend

with writers Lia Mills and Catherine Dunne

 Dates: Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd, Sunday 23rd April 2017

Join writers Catherine Dunne and Lia Mills for three days of writing and discussion in the intimate setting of Brewery Lane Theatre, Carrick-on-Suir.  Award winning writers Catherine and Lia will help you to come to grips with the writing process and write your way towards a finished story (fiction or non-fiction). The emphasis this year will be on the tools of fiction and memoir, with workshops and one to one meetings to discuss your work.

NB: Limited to 12 participants

Fee: early bird €160 (if paid in full by Friday 19th Feb) or €175 if paid later.

To book: please get in touch with me through the Contact page


Photo by Simon Robinson

Lia Mills writes fiction and literary non-fiction. Her most recent novel, “Fallen”, was the Dublin/Belfast: Two Cities One Book selection for 2016. Her memoir “In Your Face” was selected as  book of the year by many commentators in its year of publication (2007).

She was the 2015-2016 Writer-in- Residence at Farmleigh House and the 2016 Arts Council Writer Fellow at UCD.

An experienced workshop facilitator, she has also worked as an arts consultant.


Catherine Dunne (Photo: Noel Hillis)

Photo by Noel Hillis

Catherine Dunne is the author of ten novels, the most recent being “The Years That Followed”. “The Things We Know Now” won the 700th anniversary Giovanni Boccaccio International Prize for Fiction in 2013 and was shortlisted for the Eason Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards.  She has also published one work of non-fiction: a social history of Irish immigrants in London, called “An Unconsidered People”.

Catherine’s novels have been short listed for, among others, the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award and the Italian Booksellers’ Prize.  Her work has been translated into several languages. She was recently long-listed for the Laureate for Irish Fiction Award 2015.

Catherine Dunne lives in Ranelagh.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation 4 weeks or more prior to the course start date – full refund (less a 10% admin fee)

Cancellation between 4 weeks to 1 week prior to the course start date – 50% refund

Cancellation less than 7 days  prior to start – NO REFUND

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