Moyvane born and resident, Gabriel Fitzmaurice has issued an invitation to anyone fitting the description above to join him for a writing workshop on Monday, October 31st at 3pm in the function room in Crown Hotel.
The event, being held as part of the 24th annual Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival here in Castleisland, is the latest contribution to festival affairs from the widely published poet and writer and retired national school teacher.
“Poets, Balladmakers, Rhymers! Enjoy a creative, stimulating poetry writing session. Bring your poems, recitations and ballads with you and we will discuss them at the workshop where everybody is invited to participate.
“If time permits, we will write new poems which some of the poets might present to the workshop. Everybody is welcome to what should be a fun occasion,” said Gabriel.
About Gabriel Fitzmaurice
Gabriel Fitzmaurice is a bilingual poet, translator, teacher, musician, literary advisor, critic and broadcaster who has written extensively in Irish and English.
He is a former Chair and Literary Advisor of Listowel Writers’ Week, the Writers’ Conference in Listowel. Fitzmaurice is author of more than twenty books.
His works, both in Irish and English languages, include translations, essays and collections of songs and ballads, as well as poetry and children’s verse.
Among his English poetry collections are Rainsong, Road to the Horizon, Dancing Through, The Father’s Part and The Village Sings. In Irish, he has published the collection Nocht.
Being a primary school teacher, it is hardly surprising that Fitzmaurice is also the author of a collection of children’s verse namely, The Moving Stair.
As well as being a collector and translator of ballads from the original Irish, he frequently broadcasts on radio and television and local radio stations on education and the arts.
He has played and sung on a number of albums of Irish traditional music and has found some personal success as a singer of traditional Irish music.
An award winner at the Gerard Manley Hopkins Centenary Poetry Competition, he has twice represented Ireland at the European Festival of Poetry in Louvain, Belgium.
Gabriel Fitzmaurice was born, in 1952, in Moyvane, Co. Kerry where he still lives.
The 2016 Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival will be held in Castleisland, Co. Kerry from Friday, October 28th to Monday, October 31st inclusive. http://www.patrickokeeffefestival.com
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