Molly Keane Writers Retreat

Dungarvan Observer 

Dungarvan Observer 18th September 2013

 Ardmore has just said goodbye to another group of writers who had gathered for the fourth, successful Molly Keane Writers' Retreat.

The 14 writers, some newcomers and some who have returned year after year, were in the late Molly's house, on the New Line Road, from 19 to 25 August 2013, to delve into their creativity with the help of local writer, Lani O'Hanlon.

 “The house is so beautiful and reminiscent of the genius of Molly Keane, that it is hard not to find your creativity there,” said Lani.

Virginia Brownlow, Molly Keane's daughter, who was raised in Ardmore, hosts the week and says it is a “highlight” of the year at the house. “I so look forward to this week. It is a pleasure to host such a group and people seem to get a lot out of it in terms of their writing,” she said.

The week is supported by Waterford County Council Arts Office and according to one participant is a great opportunity to develop writing skills as well as to make friends and get to know the beauty of Ardmore. Some participants stay in the house for the week as boarders, others come from the locality and come in each day while some people stay in local bed & breakfasts.

“I will be back for sure,” one participant said. “If I cannot make it to Molly Week, I will be back to Ardmore anyway. I was never here before, but I hope this week will be the first of many visits.”

Award-winning poet, Mark Roper from Piltown, Co Kilkenny, conducted a workshop on the last day of the retreat and read his poetry to a delighted audience in the house that night.