Doolin writers

Writers' Weekend

Doolin writers

Event date: 24th - 26th Jan 2020


Doolin Surf

Surf Festival

Doolin Surf

Event date: 20th - 22nd March 2020


Doolin Folk

Folk Festival

Doolin Folk

Event date: 12th - 14th June 2020


Writers' Weekend - Workshops & Seminars

Finbar Coady - Under the Influence of Lenoard Cohen

Doolin Writers’ Weekend presents Under The Influence Of Leonard Cohen The show is an homage to the music and performance style of the hugely acclaimed poet, singer, songwriter and novelist. Join us in the barn at Hotel Doolin for a magical evening of song and lyric. 

  • Date: Thursday 23rd
  • Time: 8pm
  • Venue: Barn
  • Price: €15.00 including a glass of wine & Tapas.

Jessica Traynor - Poetry Workshop

Join poet Jessica Traynor for a midwinter-themed poetry workshop which will spark your imagination through engagement with the sensual pleasures winter can bring. Participants will be given a number of prompts and will have the chance to workshop a poem. Please bring copies of your poem for the group.

  • Date: Friday 24th
  • Time: 2pm - 5pm
  • Venue: Aileen's suite
  • Price: €40.00

 Darran Anderson – Creative Non-Fiction

'An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in County Clare:' Inspired by Georges Perec, this workshop will explore the many perspectives and tools writers can use to make the truth resonate. Participants will be guided across centuries, art-forms and cultures, in order to see and portray the realities of life in eclectic and imaginative ways. The aim will be to unveil, in the words of Gaston Bachelard, the 'poetics of space' in any room, and expand our conception of vérité without betraying the facts. There will be visual studies, discussions, individual activities and collaborative endeavours; all focusing on how nonfiction writers can benefit from inventive approaches, more commonly associated with fiction and poetry.   

  • Date: Friday 24th
  • Time: 2pm - 5pm
  • Venue: Barn
  • Price: €40.00

 Jen Calleja - Creative Translation Workshop

This creative multi-modal translation workshop will comprise of experimental, accessible and enjoyable activities so participants can explore the approaches and considerations of a literary translator. Suitable for writers and/or literary translators, artists and anyone interested in creative translation. No knowledge of languages other than English is necessary. Jen Calleja is a writer and literary translator from the German. Her poetry collection Serious Justice is published by Test Centre, and her short fiction collection I’m Afraid That’s All We’ve Got Time For is forthcoming from Prototype. She has translated over a dozen works of German literature, and was recently shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize for her translation of Marion Poschmann’s The Pine Islands. She teaches creative translation at the British Library and The Poetry School.

  • Date: Saturday 25th
  • Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Venue: Aileen's suite
  • Price: €40.00

Pauline Cooney- Memoir Workshop

“Your life is not a story, your life is a life, but when you write it down as a story you give it meaning, you make sense out of your life.”

This facilitated workshop aims to explore the many ways in which we write about our life with a specific focus on memoir. Other genres touched on will be; autobiography, biography, essay, travel writing, food writing, nature writing and some forms of journalism.

Through free-writing activities, sharing of stories, and instructional handouts, participants will be guided to a place of confidence and knowledge from where they can begin to tell the story of their life.

  • Date: Saturday 25th
  • Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Venue: Cullinans
  • Price: €40.00

Women in Publishing Seminar

Fired! is a convergence of poets from the North and South of Ireland that began a loose alliance in order to confront and react to the November 2017 Cambridge Companion to Irish Poets (ed, Gerald Dawe). We saw the companion as yet another iteration of a historically consistent inability to bring women's voices into the canon. The drivers of Fired! included Ailbhe Darcy, Mary O'Donnell, Chris Murray and Maria McManus. We decided on a pledge of non-participation in events, reviews and conferences that did not make a good faith effort to include women. This seminar will look at legacies, and offer practical advise on approaches to publishing.

  • Date: Saturday 25th
  • Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Venue: Barn
  • Price: €40.00

Eoin MacNamee Seminar- The Unlearned: mechanics and esoterics in the wastelands of telling.

 

  • Date: Saturday 25th
  • Time: 2pm - 5pm
  • Venue: Barn
  • Price: €40.00

Christodoulos Makris - Poetry Workshop: Sampling

In music composition, sampling is the act of taking a portion of sound and reusing it as an element of a new recording. Similarly, poets at the cutting edge of the practice increasingly employ their critical faculty in recognising, selecting, and reusing material that already exists. In conceiving linkages through which texts flow into each other, their work participates in a broad culture that operates through the sharing and recombining of data. Participants in this workshop will be guided to make new work through sampling, sharing and recombining already existing texts.

  • Date: Saturday 25th
  • Time: 2pm - 5pm
  • Venue: Aileen's suite
  • Price: €40.00

Gavin Corbet - Prose workshop: Playing God

Novelist and UCD creative writing teaching fellow Gavin Corbett will guide you through processes for creating credible characters for fiction. This workshop will be both informative and active. You will develop a character’s voice, you will explore his or her back story, and will gain a better understanding of the relationship between character and plot.

  • Date: Sunday 26th
  • Time: 9am- 12pm
  • Venue: Barn
  • Price: €40.00

 


Alice Lyons - Pinning down a place

Drawing on skills of observational drawing, we will spend time sketching a site in Doolin with words. We'll look at a few examples of writers who really nail the atmosphere of a place. We'll discuss why and how they do this. We will vow not to write any more boring landscape descriptions. Bring your notebooks and a pencil.

  • Date: Sunday 26th
  • Time: 2 - 5pm
  • Venue: Aileen's suite
  • Price: €40.00

 


Play by Dermott Petty - The Only Punk Rocker in the Village

Doolin Writers’ Weekend presents The Only Punk Rocker in the Village- Join us in the barn at Hotel Doolin for a new play by Dermot Petty. The play is set in North Clare in the late 1970s where a teenager’s discovery of Punk Rock turns his life upside down causing shock and misunderstanding with his parents, friends and community. The setting is the village of Lisdoonvarna where a tight-knit conservative community is invaded by this foreign and frightening phenomenon. 

  • Date: Sunday 26th
  • Time: 8pm
  • Venue: Barn
  • Price: €15.00 including a glass of wine and tapas.