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Strandhill Summerfest is on the 27th to 29th July this year. Writers Órfhlaith Ní Chonaill, Ted Deppie, Annie Deppe and Joe Kearney are the facilitators. It's a great weekend - warm and fun and intense (in a good way!). I was there four years ago - clearly I am due a return visit.
From their site:
Strandhill Summerfest is a weekend of writing and celebration for writers of all ages: beginners, advanced or established. It offers a gentle, supportive environment where it is safe to create new work. Again, we bring together our team of four inspirational facilitators whose aim is to nurture new writing.
Órfhlaith Ní Chonaill’s workshops use the AWA method devised by Pat Schneider. These are multi-genre workshops which evoke and enable writing and encourage writers to find and use their own voices with confidence.
Ted and Annie Deppe share their expertise as poets and teachers, their love of their craft and their joyful appreciation of all poetry. Joe Kearney is a writer and broadcaster whose voice is familiar to Lyric FM and RTE Radio One listeners. Joe offers an insider view of writing for radio.
The Summerfest will be held in the home of Órfhlaith Ní Chonaill in Strandhill, Co. Sligo. It costs €125, which includes snacks, light lunch on Saturday and dinner on Saturday evening. You pay your own accommodation.