Wednesday, 2 September 2009


Here's something lovely for Galway writers - bursaries to the fabulous Dingle Writing Courses this autumn. Don't say the County Arts Office doesn't look after you!

There are two Dingle Writing Courses Bursaries available. All info below:

Deadline: September 25th

Dingle Writing Courses, in association with Galway County Arts Office, is offering two Galway writers a bursary each to attend one of this year’s Autumn residential weekend courses.

The bursaries cover the cost of accommodation, food and workshops. Writers should contact Maria Cunningham in Galway Arts Office for an application form.

The two bursaries available are on the following courses:

Starting to Write with Moya Cannon, 9—11 October

Poetry with Leontia Flynn, 16—18 October

Starting to Write with Moya Cannon, 9—11 October

Moya Cannon is from Donegal and now lives in Galway. She has published three collections of poems, Oar (Salmon, 1990), The Parchment Boat (Gallery Press, 1997) and Carrying the Songs, (Carcanet, 2007). She has been writer in residence in County Kerry, Derry city and Waterford city and on Inis Oírr. She is a former editor of Poetry Ireland Review. Moya has received both the Brendan Behan Award and the Lawrence O Shaughnessy Award and is a member of Aosdána.
If you are a beginner or have only recently started writing this course will give you the confidence to get on with your own work. It will refer to contemporary poets and writers from different traditions to see how the principles of their craft can be applied to writing generated over the weekend.

Poetry with Leontia Flynn, 16—18 October

Leontia Flynn is a research fellow at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry in Queen’s University Belfast. She won an Eric Gregory Award in 2001 and her first collection, These Days (Cape, 2004) won the Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Collection and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Prize. Her second collection Drives (Cape, 2008) was shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award and in 2008 she received the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature.
Sometimes the best poems are not the ones you want to write, but the ones you have to write. Examining a number of traditional poetic forms, using examples from a wide range of poets, the course will look at how form can be a source of inspiration rather than a constraint in your writing.

Contact Maria Cunningham, phone 091 476504.

For further information on courses in Dingle visit

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