There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter & open a vein.
Walter Wellesley "Red" Smith

Forthcoming Events and Courses

'Potent Wizards: Writing from our Senses - A one-day workshop of creative writing'

Smell is a potent wizard that transports us across thousands of miles and all the years we have liv.ed - Helen Keller.

Spend a sensory-infused day exploring the five senses and creating new pieces of writing. Suitable for beginners and people who have been writing for a while.
Tea/ coffee provided. Please bring a packed lunch to share - try some interesting tastes!
This popular workshop will be held in two venues over the coming months:

  • The Sanctuary, Stanhope Street, Dublin 7 on Saturday 18th April from 10-4.
    Enquiries/ booking: Tel: 01 670 5419
  • Shanti Path, Farranacarrige, Annascaul, Co. Kerry on Saturday 23rd May 2015 from 10.00 – 4.30 Shanti Path is almost 3 miles from Annascaul Lake, 4 miles from Minard beach and Inch beach and just over 1 mile from Annascaul Village. for directions.
    Cost: €50, unwaged €45
    Enquiries/ Tel: 086-603 4481

Bray Active Retirement Association classes resumed on Tuesday 27th January Parish Centre, Herbert Road, Bray for 8 weeks. Members of BARA only. €40 per term.

Little Bray Writers' Group meets on Tuesdays from 10-12, 8 weeks starting 3rd February.

Internationally renowned poet Mimi Khalvati will be leading an advanced poetry workshop in Bray this April 11th and 12th. The workshop is fully booked with a waiting list, but if you are interested in learning about similar events in the future, please email Shirley to be included in a mailing list.

Latest News

The Little Bray Family Resource & Development Centre Project, Bray Now and Then: Building Community Expression through Creative Writing , a poster exhibition of stories, poems and memories by writers from The Little Bray Writers Group (Coordinated by Shirley McClure) was launched by novelist and former TD Liz McManus on Thursday 4th September, at Signal Arts Centre, 1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow. After running in the Signal Arts Centre in September, it moved to the library, Eglinton Road, Bray for October, and is now at the Bray DART station, platform 1.

Shirley was the Winner of Listowel Writers' Week Single Poem originals competition, 2014.

November 2013 saw the launches of two anthologies of writings by groups which Shirley facilitates:

ACSG cover

Arklow Cancer Support Group produced 'Welcome- writings by ACSG', which was launched by Anne Doyle, RTE at the Arklow Bay Hotel. The group has been writing together for two years now, and it was a delight to hear Anne Doyle's encouraging comments on their stories and poems. Congratulations to all the writers and artists involved, and especially to Director of Services, Mary O'Brien. The book is available at €10 in local Arklow shops: Burkes Lower Main St.- Adrian Dunne Pharmacy, Holly's Pharmacy, John Flood's Man Shop. McMullens and Bracken's Wexford road. and direct from the centre at 25 King's Hill Arklow, Co.Wicklow. Tel: 0402 23590. All proceeds go to Arklow Cancer Support Group.

Anne Doyle

BARA cover BARA Book Launch 2.jpg Group photos by Barbara Flynn.

 Later that month, Liz McManus launched 'These Things Happen,' a collection of writings by members of Bray Active Retirement Association's creative writing group. A copy of the book was presented to the President, Michael D. Higgins, on the same day. This group continues to meet weekly on Tuesday afternoons and new members are welcome at the beginning of any term. Spring term starts on 11th February 2014. Contact me to join or to purchase a book (€5). They are almost all sold! Well done all the writers, and cover artist Colm McCormack for the beautiful image of Martello Terrace, Bray.

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Shirley teaches creative writing to a number of groups in the Wicklow/ Dublin region, and is available to work with community and health-related groups as well as the general public.

Who's Counting?

Who's Counting? may be purchased online from Bradshaw Books - use the horizontal scroll to find it in the list.

Email Shirley McClure