This weekend coming, Dundalk Writing Group are having their Summer School.
On Friday, Noel Monahan from Co. Cavan will visit:
Noel has four collections of poetry published with Salmon Press: Opposite Walls (1991), Snowfire (1995), Curse of the Birds (2000) and The Funeral Game (2004). He is Co-Editor of Windows Publications. His literary awards include: Poetry Ireland’s Seacat National Award, The RTE PJ O’Connor Drama Award, The Hiberno-English Poetry Award and The Irish Writers Union Award for poetry. His play, The Children of Lir, was performed by Livin Dred Theatre in 2007. His poetry is on The Leaving Certificate English Course for examination in 2011 & 2012.
On Saturday, Kate Dempsey from Kildare, will also visit:
Kate writes fiction, poetry and non-fiction. Her fiction successes include a story published in the Sunday Tribune, for which she was shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing, another broadcast as part of RTE’s Francis MacManus Short Story Awards and another included in the Poolbeg/RTE anthology 'Do The Write Thing' for Seoige and O’Shea. Her novel was shortlisted for the London Bookfair Lit Idol. She loves teaching creative writing and has run workshops in schools and libraries, festivals including Electric Picnic and at the National Gallery.
Everyone is looking forward to the Summer School, which I set up last year and have managed to keep going despite the downturn. So, it's our chance to celebrate writing's success in the face of the current economic climate - yay!
And, I've just found out that I've been successful in a bid for teaching another summer writing course in Meath - so, go me :)