Writing weekend workshop at Kavanagh Centre


Writing weekend workshop at Kavanagh Centre

The award-winning poet and creative writing teacher, Jean O’Brien will direct the the annual creative writing weekend-workshop at the Patrick Kavanagh Centre, Inniskeen on Saturday July 30 and Sunday July 31.

The Patrick Kavanagh Centre is the venue for this weekend of creative activity.

This course is suitable for beginners and people who are already writing and want to advance their work.

It will cover short fiction, memoir and poetry. It will look at established writers work and the participants' own work during the course of the workshop.

Submission (optional) two poems to a total of 60 lines or single short fiction maximum 500 words.

The workshop director, Jean O'Brien is an award winning poet and experienced creative writing teacher.

She has tutored in places as diverse as schools, prisons, traveller groups, libraries and in the Irish Writers Centre for over 15 years.

She has four collections of poetry published:

The Shadow Keeper (Salmon Poetry 1997) Dangerous Dresses (Bradshaw Books 2005) Lovely Legs (Salmon 2009) and Merman (Salmon 2012).

Her New and Selected poems, Fish on a Bicycle is due this year from Salmon.

Her awards include The Arvon International Poetry Prize, the Fish Poetry Prize. She was writer in residence for county Laois in 2005.

Meanwhile the closing date for entries for The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award is Friday 29 July.

The award is for a first unpublished collection of poems in English and is open to poets, born in Ireland or of Irish nationality, or long term resident in Ireland.

The award is now in its 45th year.

Previous winners include Eileán Ni Chuilleanáin, Paul Durcan, Thomas McCarthy, Peter Sirr, Sinead Morrissey, Conor O’Callaghan, Celia de Freine and Joseph Woods.

The winner of this year’s award will receive €1,000.

The Award will be presented on the evening of the Friday 30 September at the opening of the Annual Patrick Kavanagh Weekend in Inniskeen.

Rules and entry form are available on the

You can also get entry forms from the Patrick Kavanagh Centre, Inniskeen, Co. Monaghan. Tel. 00353(0)429378560, Fax 00353(0)429378855. E-mail:

This is one of the country's most prestigious awards for poetry.

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