Writers Invited to Libraries for Residence Workshop Registrations

The re-appointment of Annemarie Ni Churreain as Kerry County Council Writer In Residence has been broadly welcomed. Photograph: Domnick Walsh © Eye Focus LTD ©

Kerry Arts Office is delighted to announce that Annemarie Ní Churreáin is back in the role of Writer in Residence.

Over the coming months she will continue to travel throughout the county to meet with emerging and established writers, delivering workshops, readings and mentoring sessions. As part of her residency this year Ní Churreáin has also planned a series of special creative writing workshops through the Kerry Libraries network.

Writers at All Levels

Writers at all levels are welcome to attend these workshops, including beginners. No experience is required. Ní Churreáin says that “in any writing workshop I ask participants to bring along two things only, human experience and the willingness to share it. Craft can be taught but perspective is where all writing starts from.”

Irish Female Writers

During her Kerry workshops Ms. Ní Churreáin plans to draw heavily upon the work of Irish female writers, specifically contemporary female poets. “It has been an important few years for Irish female poets and the Irish literary canon, and I want my dialogue here with the community to reflect that. Now is a great time to enjoy and take inspiration from female voices.”

Arts Office Delight

Kate Kennelly the Arts Officer at Kerry County Council says she is delighted to have Annemarie on board and knows that she will help people to easily connect with writing.

“There is a very exciting 20-week work programme ahead. We are encouraging writers, bookshops, groups, communities and schools to make contact with us so that we can facilitate access to our Writer In Residence,” said Ms. Kennelly.

Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, John Sheahan said that Kerry County Council wishes Annemarie every success and he looks forward to the months ahead working with her.

Highly Acclaimed Poet

Ní Churreáin is the author of two books, the highly acclaimed poetry collection Bloodroot (Doire Press 2017) and a suite of poems about Dublin titled Town (The Salvage Press). She recently completed reading tour in New Mexico, North Carolina, Florida and New York. She is grateful to the Muckross House Trustees for making available a cottage at which she can stay during her residency.

Schedule for Workshops

The upcoming schedule for workshops is as follows; 02 May 11-1pm at Listowel Library, 09 May 2-4pm Castleisland Library, 23 May 11-1pm at Dingle Library, 30 May 1-3pm at Cahirciveen Library, 27 June 12-2pm at Killarney Library. One-to-one mentoring sessions can also be booked following the workshop – all subject to availability.

Workshops are free to the public but advance booking is essential.

Please book directly with the library and subscribe via arts@kerrycoco.ie to the Arts Office Newsletter for new dates.

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