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Lining Our Thoughts: A Poetry Workshop

This workshop is for those who would like to begin to write poetry or those who would like to develop poems they have already started. The main aim of my workshops is to encourage writers through discussion, exercise based and free writing, while also allowing them to take risks in a supportive environment. Each session will focus on a different topic, such as imagery, perspective, storytelling, rhythm and form. Everything a writer needs is inside of themselves, and it’s my goal to help them refine the effectiveness of how they communicate how they see and understand of the world.

Morning sessions will include a reading of poems by established writers (which will be supplied) with discussion of what makes these poems effective, writing exercises and also excursions to some sites in Beara that have given inspiration to my own writing. In the afternoons I will be available for one-to-one sessions and this will also be free time during which participants can enjoy the creative peace of the retreat and do some writing. Several sessions will involve visiting local mythological sites such as the Cailleach Bhéarra, Ogham and standing stones as a way to generate new work that responds to the landscape around us.

Retreat Dates and Registration

Workshop Fully Booked

  1. Retreat Dates

Workshop Retreat Dates

Arrival: 4th August 2018
Departure: 11th August 2018

Leanne O'Sullivan

Leanne O Sullivan

Leanne O'Sullivan comes from the Beara Peninsula in West Cork and is the author of three poetry collections, published by Bloodaxe Books -- Waiting for My Clothes (2004), Cailleach: The Hag of Beara (2009) and The Mining Road (2013). Her fourth book, A Quarter of an Hour,  will be published in February 2018.

She has been the recipient of several awards, most recently the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary Award (2009, nominated by Michael Longley), The Rooney Prize for Irish Literature (2010), The Lawrence O'Shaughnessy Award for Irish Poetry (2011), and the UCC Alumni Achievement Award (2012).

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