Week in review

And so, another week comes to a close. It was another workshoppy week that kicked off with Rob Doyle’s creative non-fiction here in Tallaght as part of the Red Line Book Festival. Thursday evening was given over to another in Tallaght Library on writing character with Lisa Harding and Friday saw the hat trick with a class on auto-fiction given by June Caldwell. All events were free and all were very informative. Three distinctly different writers gave very good workshops that couldn’t help but leave participants enthused and inspired.

Saturday evening took a darker turn, with the Killer Insights crime panel in the Civic Theatre. The panel was made of up local crime authors Cormac O’Keeffe, Patricia Gibney and Louise Phillips, along with the British writer Sophie Hannah. As is usual with events at the Red Line Book Festival, it didn’t disappoint. I love hearing from honest, down to earth writers no don’t blow their own bells and whistles. The panel came across as wonderfully honest about their processes and motivations. Cormac, Patricia and Louise flew the flag well for the Irish crime genre. Hats off to all involved!

And so for a quick recap on how the seachtain panned out: the novel made its way to some beta-readers (fingers and freckles are crossed), no poetry was born but plenty was conceived (I’ll work on the scribbles and notes when I make ‘poetry-time’), I read three books and in unrelated news, my nails are now (and will remain for the next three weeks) a type of glittery fuschia pink (Boomshellacalac!). Call it productive, unproductive, whatever you’re having yourself. J’écrit donc je suis.

Week in review

Sunny Saturday last the day kicked off with a sat nav cock up that sent me on a tour-de-Bray in search of St. Colman’s School. It was the venue of a poetry workshop was being held as part of Bray Literary Festival. Led by Belfast poets Colin Dardis and Geraldine O’Kane, it took place in a colourful classroom that bore more posters and bunting than Ireland in Italia ’90. It was genuinely the most colourful classroom I’d ever set foot in.

Colin and Ger had clearly put a lot of planning into the workshop and it was arranged wonderfully. I’ll look out for more of their workshops in the future.

Afterwards, I hopped into the car and spun into town to head to a seminar on Sports in War in Pearse St Library. It was scheduled as part of Dublin’s Festival of History and had a wonderful line up thanks to the stewardship of historian Cormac Moore. It featured some great talks ranging from the impact of the War on the GAA to its effects on horse racing. Every talk was as interesting as the next.

When Wednesday came around, I took a poetry workshop in UCD with the lovely Irish-Australian poet Robyn Rowland. Incidentally, she was also covering war as the theme of her workshop. It was another very well prepared session with ample time for discussion and writing. She even took the time to go and pick us up coffees while we worked on our poetry. A lovely touch that reminded me of the time Doireann Ní Ghríofa made us coffees at her workshop during the Hillsborough Festival.

Thursday night saw me take a trip in the lashing rain to Trim for the launch of Boyne Berries Magazine. I had a piece of work published in it which I read on the night as well as enjoying some wonderful poetry read by other contributors. The following morning I got good news that I was to have a short story published in Dodging The Rain. What a nice way to wrap up the week!

By the time Saturday came round, it was a case of full circle, as I headed to Baileborough for another poetry workshop. Held as part of Baileborough Poetry Festival, Ends Wyley’s class in Baileborough library was most enjoyable. Again, as with the other poetry workshops in the week, the group was lovely and I very much enjoyed taking part. All in all, it was a week of insights and inspiration.