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

Masterclass: A weekend workshop with renowned poet and teacher, Mimi Khalvati, founder of The Poetry School, London, will be held at the Wilton Hotel, Bray, Co. Wicklow on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th April 2014. Booking out fast !
Prerequisite: two poetry publications in established outlets. Booking details here :

Body Language: A one-day workshop with Shirley McClure on creative writing will be held at the Oscailt centre, Pembroke Rd, Dublin 4 on Sunday 13th April 2014. Book now !
May be taken on its own or as a follow-up to Writing from the Body. Booking details here :

Latest News

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

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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

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 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.

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