Molly Keane Writers Retreat

Writers Week 2016

Another successful writers week at the Molly Keane House. Its our 7th year. We had a wonderful group, and we hope to see some of the writing in journals, magazines and collections in the future. Thanks as always to Lani O Hanlon for her creative and magical facilitation and Virginia for her generous hospitality. Gerard Smyth was our guest writer and ended our week on a high note.

Link to our full gallery of photos here

 

Professor Paula Meehan - public reading 2015

The Molly Keane house in Ardmore, was delighted to host another successful public reading to round off its annual writers’ week, with the renowned poet, Professor Paula Meehan.

Paula read from new work and from her back list of poems.  Previously that day, Paula, had facilitated a workshop with the participants of the writers’ week, and very kindly invited them to join her to read before a very welcoming audience.

Paula Meehan was born and reared in Dublin and educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and in the United States. She has published many award winning collections of poetry and has written plays for both adults and children. Her poetry has been published in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Galician, Japanese, Estonian, Chinese and Greek, while smaller selections have been published in other languages, including Irish. She has brought poetry projects into local communities, into the prisons of the state, into the schools, and has a commitment to encouraging creativity as a path out of addiction. She has conducted residencies in the universities, and has collaborated with artists from many other disciplines: visual artists, dancers, musicians, filmmakers. Her poems have been made into songs by folksingers and avant-garde composers alike.  She was elected to Aosdána in 1996 and is currently Ireland Professor of Poetry, 2013 – 2016.

 

Writers Week 2015

he sixth Molly Keane Writers’ Retreat took place at her former home in Ardmore. Supported by Waterford Arts Office, this August week attracts emerging writers from all over the country.  

The event was facilitated by well-known published writer and poet, Lani O’Hanlon, who lives locally.  This years workshop was entitled The Archive of Memory. The participants developed a sustainable writing practice, and drew on the inspiration and creative writing inheritance in the Molly Keane House and the surrounding landscape. They also drew on the archive of memory; places, photographs, smells, music, people, animals, time and the landscapes that have shaped and inspired us, and formed new pieces of writing, poems, prose or memoir.

Virginia Brownlow, Molly’s daughter, hosted the week and many of the writers commented on the welcome and care they received on their first visit to Ardmore.

The Molly Keane Writers’ Retreat was delighted to welcome Professor Paula Meehan as the guest writer.  Paula’s workshop looked at strategies for rewriting and revision, working with material generated in the writing practice during the week.

 

Paula also read at a public gathering in the house on the Saturday night to a full house. Paula read from new work and her back list of poem

 

Writers Week 2014

The fifth Molly Keane Writers’ Retreat took place at her former home on the New Line Road, Ardmore in mid-August. Supported by Waterford County Arts Office, this week attracts emerging writers from all over the country, with many coming back year after year.  

The event was facilitated by well-known published writer and poet, Lani O’Hanlon, who lives locally.  The writers created new work drawing from the inspiration and legacy of the late writer, Molly Keane.  According to Lani, the house is so beautiful and reminiscent of the genius of Molly Keane, that it is hard not to find creativity there.

Virginia Brownlow, Molly’s daughter, hosted the week and many of the writers commented on the welcome and care they received on their first visit to Ardmore.

The Molly Keane Writers’ Retreat was delighted to welcome Nuala Ni Chonchuir as the guest writer, with her workshop entitled “Writing Winning Short Stories”, about how to make the short story shine to editors, competition judges and publishers. 

Nuala also read at a public gathering in the house on the Saturday night to a delighted audience.  The question and answer session with her was lively and informative.  Nuala read from her 2013 published short story chapbook, Of Dublin and Other Fictions (Tower Press, USA) and also an extract from her spring 2014 novel The Closet of Savage Mementos (New Island). http://www.nualanichonchuir.com/

Read what Nuala had to say about the writers week here - Nuala's Blog

Full details on workshops can be found on http://www.mollykeanewritersretreats.com/

 Lani O’ Hanlon

    Nuala Ní Chonchúir

 

Below are some comments from the participants of Writers Week 2013:

 'Lani’s workshops were excellent.  I have learned so much this week.  I am beginning to feel like a writer.'

 'We were inspired and encouraged creativity by the creation of the ideal atmosphere. Really well organised with everything moving along seamlessly'

 'The writer’s week was very well organised. Lani gave us good writing tips all week and so much inspiration and she also creates a safe environment to allow us to explore our writing. Mary Lys is always on hand to explain things and Virginia is very generous with her time, to answer every question we ask.'

 

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