'For the last fifty years of my life I have lived in a cottage - a cottage hanging above Ardmore bay, above the village and the Catholic church, its east window lighted over the sea on winter evenings. Beyond my cottage one of the finest round towers in Ireland reaches up to the sky above the ruined and beautiful church and monastery at its foot.'
The writer Molly Keane lived at Dysert in the picturesque village of Ardmore in County Waterford from 1950 until her death in 1996. She turned a bungalow into a house, which tucks into the hill overlooking Ardmore bay. It is here she wrote the Booker Prize runner up 'Good Behaviour' and the other best sellers 'Time After Time' and 'Loving and Giving'.
Her daughter Virginia Brownlow has now made the house available for use by contemporary writers of all abilities.
The 2013 Writers Week was a huge success with the week being fully booked. The week was facilitated by the writer Lani O'Hanlon and featured special guest poet Mark Roper.
Read more about the week here - Writers Week
Writers week 2014 will take place in August next year.
The 2013 Molly Keane Creative Writing Award was awarded to Ann Dempsey, from Carrick Suir, Co. Tipperary with a short story titled ‘Oscar’s Swim’. ‘Oscar’s Swim’ is the sixteenth winner of the Molly Keane Creative Writing Award run by Waterford County Council’s Arts Office with support from the Arts Council and by kind permission of the Keane family. The winner was welcomed to the presentation ceremony at the IMMRAMA Festival, by Lismore Mayor Julie Landers and presented with prize money of €500 and a scroll commemorative by County Mayor Billy Kyne.
The one day writing workshop facilitated by Margaret A. O Brien, hosted at Molly Keane's house, on June 30th 2013 was a great success. More information about Margaret can been found on here website - http://www.margaretaobrien.com