Experience Beara: A Day of Inspiration, Exploration and Creativity. In Memory of Poet John O'Leary

john o learyThree years ago, the poet John O'Leary died in a boating accident off the shores of Beara.  On Saturday, the 8th of August, we will remember John with a day of poetry workshops and readings.  All proceeds will go to the establishment of The John O'Leary Prize for Poetry
open to transition-year students.

        Schedule for Saturday:
        10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. - Novice and Working Poets Workshops
        1:30 to 2:30 P.M. - Buffet Lunch
        3:00 to 6:00 P.M. -  Novice and Working Poets Workshops
        6:30 to 7:30 P.M. - Buffet Dinner
        8:30 to ??? - Readings & Open Mike (Door Donations)
        Fundraising Schedule:
        Novice workshops, including lunch and dinner: €35
        Working poets workshops, inc. lunch and dinner: €55
        Novice workshop only: €10 each
        Working poets workshop only: €20 each
        Buffet Lunch: €10
        Buffet Dinner: €15

Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat, Eyeries, Beara, Co. Cork
Space is limited so hold the date and book early at 027-74441 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
(Detailed information to follow)

Anam Cara Gift Vouchers:

If you're looking for the ideal gift for that creative someone in your life, how about an individual or workshop retreat at Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat? Just let me know (Sue at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), and I'll send along a gift voucher (discounted by 10% for former residents) that you can present, leaving the booking arrangements to be made later.

(A Request:  If you have a Facebook presence and would like to help spread the word, please go to Anam Cara's Facebook page and indicate that you like it.  Thanks so much!

From the Irish Arts Council:

Bursary Awards next closing date - 5:30 P.M., Thursday, 19 January 2012.

The Arts Council provides Bursary Awards in order to assist individual artists in the development of their art practice. The award emphasises the value and benefit to an artist's development that is derived from a focused period of engagement with their practice.

The window for making an application will open on Monday 19 December 2011.

The following awards are available:
Architecture Bursary Award
Arts Participation Bursary Award
Dance Bursary Award
Film Bursary Award
Literature Bursary Award
Music Bursary Award
Theatre Bursary Award
Traditional Arts Bursary Award
Visual Arts Bursary Award

Guidelines for each award are published on the available fundingsection on our website. (http://www.artscouncil.ie/en/available_funding.aspx)

Please note:
Applications will only be accepted through the Arts Council's online services website. Applicants who have not previously used this system must register in advance of making an application. It is recommended that applicants allow five working days for registration prior to making an application. (Please note that there will be no registrations between Friday 23 December 2011 and Tuesday 3 January 2012).

From Fish Publishing:

The deadline for the [1]Fish Short Story Prize had been extended to 6 December. The website will stop taking entries at midnight GMT on that day. This is to facilitate writers who are unfamiliar with the new Fish website and have had difficulties submitting their stories. So if you haven't had time to submit your story this year, here's your chance.

Please note that the website has been updated since last July, and so writers who were registered with Fish previously will have to [2]re-register under the new system. We apologise for any inconvenience. There is a link to a video on the Registration Page explaining the process.

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