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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

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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. www.liamills.com

 

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.  www.catherinedunneauthor.com

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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Writing Days – November 2016

Birch tree in Gurteen Wood, 11-11-'12

There will be a change to my usual workshop calendar in Brewery Lane for this autumn. I won’t be starting my usual Saturday morning classes in September because I am taking some time out to complete a long anticipated personal project. Instead I will do a series of full day workshops on 3 consecutive Saturdays in November, the 12th, 19th and 26th.

If you are interested and would like to sign up for these writing days please let me know through the contact page as soon as possible. The fee will be €150 and, as always, the emphasis will be on playfulness and creativity while being open and generous to yourself and others.

‘Would a feeling of aliveness be reason enough?’ Lynda Barry

One Day Writing Workshop Sun. 26th June

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I will be facilitating a very special one-day writing workshop in Brewery Lane Theatre on Sunday, 26th June. If you feel it’s time to take a day for you and your writing, and you would like to be a participant, then let me know through the contact page. There will be a maximum of 12 participants.

The emphasis will be on trusting your pen, generating first drafts and identifying the strengths of each others writing. Everyone will finish the day with pages of writing they didn’t know they had in them and will have experienced the pleasures of writing. That’s a promise.
Here are the details:

Date: Sunday, 26th June
Time: 10.30am to 4.30pm
Venue: Brewery Lane Theatre, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipp
Fee: €60 incl tea/coffee but not lunch (we will go to a nearby pub for lunch)
What to bring: a pen, a notebook and a desire to write

I am running this as a benefit day for The Story House and the proceeds raised will help Nollaig and myself to put plans in place for the next residential course, open to anyone who wishes to write.

‘I name in my writing what has not been fully nameable in any other way.’ Pat Schneider

Writing: A gift to yourself

Writers, if you want to treat yourself to some writing time in 2016, with expert tuition and guidance (or suggest this to anyone who is asking what you would like for Christmas), here are a couple of suggestions:

The Story House course, ‘Poetry: The Craft’, with poets Nessa O’Mahony, Peter Sirr and midweek guest Patrick Chapman. The dates are Monday, 11th to Saturday, 16th April 2016 and you will be living and writing in the magnificent surroundings of Borris House in Co. Carlow. The full fee is €700, which includes daily workshops, one-to-one tutorials, all accommodation and food. A deposit of €200 secures your place with the balance to be paid six weeks before start of course. If you want to check any details about this please email thestoryhouseireland@gmail.com

For a shorter writing break there is the 3 day Brewery Lane Writers’ Weekend with writers Selina Guinness and Katie Donovan, from Friday, 1st April to Sunday, 3rd April. There is an early bird offer of €160 if booked and paid in full by Friday, 5th February (€175 if paid later). For those who live outside of Carrick-on-Suir The Carraig Hotel are offering a special deal to participants. For more details about this you are welcome to get in touch with me through the contact page here.

Both of these courses are limited to 12 participants.

Poster 2016

 

‘Send out your signals…’ Writing Changes Lives autumn 2015 workshops

The poet Adrienne Rich gave the instruction to ‘Send out your signals, hoist your dark scribbled flags’.

If you think it’s time to hoist your writing flag my autumn series of writing workshops will start on Saturday, 26th September for 8 weeks, in Brewery Lane Theatre, Carrick-on-Suir, open to anyone who wishes to write. The tea-room of the theatre on those Saturday mornings becomes a special creative and energetic writing space. If you want to find out more get in touch with me through the contact page here –  you can read what previous participants have said here

Words, words ...

2015 Brewery Lane Writers’ Weekend – April 10th, 11th, 12th

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Brewery Lane Writers’ Weekend

Fri. 10th, Sat. 11th, Sun. 12th April 2015

Inspired by Arvon City

EARLY BIRD OFFER: €160 if paid by Thurs. 12th Feb. (€175 after that date)

‘The universe is expanding … you’re going somewhere else!’ (Robert Pinsky).

Join writers Ferdia MacAnna & Nessa O’Mahony for three days of writing in the intimate setting of Brewery Lane Theatre, Carrick-on-Suir. Expand and develop your range of writing skills and learn how techniques used in screenwriting, poetry and memoir can help to expand your writing toolkit. You will work with Nessa & Ferdia, two experienced writers and teachers of writing, over three full days, exploring the link between real life and imagination and discover new ways of identifying and transforming material. There will be facilitated workshops, one-to-one sessions and time for you to write. Fee: €160 early bird if paid by 12th Feb or €175 if paid later. If you want to know more do get in touch with me through the Contact page.

Poetry Plus in Brewery Lane – Fri. 21st November 2014

Is it just me or did we not just have the October Poetry Plus night? Tempus is fugiting … The November Poetry Plus night is on Friday next, 21st at 8.15pm in Brewery Lane Theatre, Carrick-on-Suir. There will be the usual extravagant prizes for those who take up the challenge and recite from the heart.We’ve had some stunning performances and I’m looking forward to more.

I find Ted Hughes’ explanation for the decline of learning by heart and the rise of rote learning over so many dismal decades in school very interesting. He links it to the rise of Puritanism with its attempts to eradicate imagery from all aspects of life, not only in churches and the forbidding of drama, but also the use of imagery as a memory technique. The deadening, stultifying learning by rote then became the norm. You can read the complete version of this in his introduction to ‘By Heart:101 Poems to Remember‘.

The theme for this month’s event is ‘Music’. You can read / recite in any form that appeals to you. There is a limit of two poems or short(ish) pieces of prose. If you have a song let’s hear it!

I’m tempted to read from Lavinia Greenlaw’s memoir, ‘The Importance of Music to Girls’. Now what to pair it with?

Autumn Writing Workshops in Brewery Lane Theatre

 All my workshops are suitable for anyone beginning, or beginning again, to write and are informed by the work of Pat Schneider, founder of

Amherst Writers & Artists.

AUTUMN 2014 WEEKLY WRITING WORKSHOPS

Start date: Saturday, 27th September 2014

Time: 10.30am to 1pm

Duration: 8 weeks

Venue: Brewery Lane Theatre, Carrick-on-Suir (tearoom)

Fee: €150 (if that is honestly a difficulty let me know)

All you will need to bring is a pen, a notebook and a desire to write. Remember, writing changes lives. You can read some testimonials here

To book a place, or to ask me about my workshops, I would love to hear from you through the contact page.

A sample – 2014 Brewery Lane Writers’ Weekend

2014 Brewery Lane Writers’ Weekend – here’s a brief photographic sample of the event.

Grace Wells, Richard Hayes, David RyanOverall winner of the poetry competition Grace Wells, with adjudicator Richard Hayes, WIT (centre) and David Ryan, Dungarvan, whose poem ‘Another Blue Boy’ was Highly Commended in the Emerging Poet Category. Photo courtesy of The Nationalist, Clonmel

Mary O'Gorman & Rd. HayesPhoto courtesy of The Nationalist, Clonmel

Mary O’Gorman, Clonmel, being congratulated by Richard Hayes. Mary’s poem ‘A Poem’s Thoughts’ was Highly Commended in the overall category.

Ladies in Red!

Ladies in Red! Kate Gordon, Catherine Lowry-O’Neill and Mary Clancy enjoying the launch night. Photo courtesy The Nationalist, Clonmel

PrizewinnersPrizewinners all! From left, Patricia Cantwell, Clonmel – winner of the Emerging Poet Category, Bríd Kervick, Templeorum – Highly Commended in the Emerging Poet Category, Mary O’Gorman, Clonmel – Highly Commended in the Overall Category and Danny Harty, Comeragh College – winner of the Schools’ Category. Photo courtesy of The Nationalist, Clonmel

Eileen Acheson & Michael CoadyEileen Acheson, Clonmel enjoying a chat with writer Michael Coady. Photo courtesy of The Nationalist, Clonmel

The Harty FamilyDanny Harty with his proud sisters Chloe and Josie. Photo courtesy of The Nationalist, Clonmel

Dave LordanDave Lordan making a definite point about the writing of Flash Fiction, although Mary Marron, Dungarvan, doesn’t seem to be taking him too seriously.

Eileen Acheson & Geraldine MernaghEileen Acheson, Clonmel & Geraldine Mernagh, Kilkenny busy at Dave Lordan’s workshop.

Kate Gordon, Karl Sandison, Eileen AchesonKate Gordon, Karl Sandison and Eileen Acheson at Dave Lordan’s Flash Fiction workshop

It was a busy, busy but very enjoyable weekend and thanks to everyone who made it so. If you would like to see a sample of what Shem Caulfield presented at his seminar on Saturday morning, click here. After being in Shem’s company for a couple of hours, listening to him and seeing his beautiful images, for me, and for the others who attended, a gate will never again be just a gate. There really is an epic in the detail!

An Open Letter to President Higgins

President Higgins

Dear President Higgins,

You are about to start a historic visit to the United Kingdom and I have no doubt that the schedule planned for you and Mrs. Higgins during this trip is interesting and full.

In a recent article in The Irish Times you raised some interesting questions. “What is necessary to human flourishing? What human capabilities does Irish society encourage, genuinely enable, or block?” I suggest that you may find some answers to those questions if you include in your visit a meeting with John Moat and a visit to any of the four Arvon houses in the UK. What is The Arvon Foundation? In its own words “Arvon is a charity that works to ensure anyone can benefit from the transformative power of writing.” Don’t you find that wonderful? That anyone can benefit? John Moat, with the late John Fairfax, founded what became Arvon over 40 years ago in Devon. To date there is nothing comparable in Ireland that offers a residential experience to anyone who wishes to write, away from everyday distractions, responsibilities and habits and that also actively engages with schools and many underserved communities. Nor one with the simple apprenticeship model of Arvon, each 5 day residential course led by two experienced writers.

Instead in Ireland there is an ad hoc provision of writing courses, writing centres and writers augmenting their income through teaching. Indeed I offer some of these courses myself. Arts officers here strive to support all the creative arts within increasing budgetary constraints and a public discourse that veers between questioning the relevance of the arts and attempts to yoke the arts to an economic project. The support available to a writer too frequently depends on the area in which they live. The writers I have worked with over the past few years have shown me again and again the value of the process of writing, how the sudden discovery as the pen leaks words onto the page changes lives in a myriad of minute ways. It’s about writing but it’s always about more than writing. When I lectured in Adult Literacy Studies in the past, particularly in the area of Family Literacy, the class always came alive when I introduced them to creative writing, to story, using the method developed by Pat Schneider, founder of Amherst Writers and Artists. Pat has written that “Art is the creative expression of the human spirit, and it cannot – it must not, for the sake of the human community – be limited to those few who achieve critical acclaim or financial reward.” I think you appreciate better than most that if appropriate conditions are put in place then creativity, and people, can flourish. For example, it is likely that there will be an increase in the numbers of writers emerging from north Dublin because of the existence there of Fighting Words and the work of Sean Love and Roddy Doyle. There will consequently also be many, many more young people in that area growing into adulthood with increased confidence in their own voice and their ability to express themselves. As Gianni Rodari said:

“Every possible use of words should be made available to every single person … not because everyone should be an artist but because no one should be a slave.”

There is quite a list of Irish writers who have taught on Arvon courses, from the late Seamus Heaney through Paul Durcan, Anne Enright, Carlo Gebler, Hugo Hamilton, Patrick McCabe, Shane Connaughton, Medbh McGuckian, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Thomas McCarthy, Colm Tóibín and others to Leanne O’Sullivan and Julian Gough, yet none seem to have brought back the spirit, the idea of Arvon to Ireland. I find this very puzzling. Seamus Heaney judged, with Ted Hughes, the very first Arvon poetry competition and was a patron of Arvon until he died. An essay of his is included in a book called ‘The Gist: A Celebration of the Imagination’, recently published in acknowledgment of the work of John Moat. Also included as an appendix in this book is Ted Hughes’ ‘Arvon and Education’ in which he says that “we have to acknowledge what is perhaps not much acknowledged – that far-reaching inner changes, creative revelations of our inner self, the only part of us with any value, are usually triggered in the smallest fraction of time.” If there is to be one piece of writing that I would press on you to read in relation to the importance of developing a residential writing centre here, modelled on Arvon, it is this essay by Ted Hughes.

In ‘Renewing the Republic’ you wrote that “Unlike the characters in a play, we can change the script of our lives. We can reflect on the choice of selves, societies, masks and fictions. If we lock the arts away for an occasion, for an evening, for an indulgence, we lose out on much of their potential for the future, and for their revelatory and pleasurable potential now.”

Now to return to your recent questions: “What is necessary to human flourishing? What human capabilities does Irish society encourage, genuinely enable, or block?” Establishing a residential national writing centre in Ireland would serve as the tangible symbol of a belief in the importance of writing as a vital part of the creative arts and also provide real support for developing writers of all ages. There would also be opportunities for cultural tourism. It would provide a focus for the development of a community of writers, teaching opportunities for writers, and also “ensure anyone can benefit from the transformative power of writing”. It is my belief that many people in Ireland, indeed Irish society as a whole, would benefit and flourish from such a development.

Kind regards,

Margaret O’Brien

 

 

 

 

 

 

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