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The Country Girls Writing Workshops – with Catherine Dunne

 Follow the Story – Catherine Dunne

Based on her experiences of researching and writing An Unconsidered People, Catherine Dunne’s workshop will focus on some of the key issues that arise when preparing an interview. Background research is essential: it gives direction to the interview and highlights the issues for discussion. Listening is as important as the questions we ask. ‘Open questions’ help as does a willingness to ‘follow the story’ – going where the interviewee leads. It’s essential to be ethical. Sometimes, people reveal more than they intend. Their interests must be protected. Finally, the mechanics of transcribing will be explored as will editing the interview. What do we include? What do we leave out? How do we decide?

The Irish Writers Centre is paying homage to The Country Girls Trilogy and 1950s Ireland with bespoke offerings arising from themes in the books. Workshops will cover: researching social history for authentic writing about a period, or: giving literary voice to marginalised groups. Others will explore developing a character over time and into book sequels and the tricky task of writing sensual stories with the uncompromising flair of Edna O’Brien. Finally, we present a panel discussion focusing on class and urban/rural divides in Irish society, which are so evident in O’Brien’s writing – how do they manifest in Irish literature in 2019?  

Featuring some of our most acclaimed Irish writers including Catherine Dunne, Nuala O’Connor, Dermot Bolger and Colm Keegan these free events are taking place in the Irish Writers Centre.

Funded by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature

Venue

Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square North

Time

April 13 at 10:00 am

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

Turning Memory into Fiction with Sarah Maria Griffin, DLR Writer in Residence

Writer Sarah Maria Griffin will look at some work that excels at reconstructing memory into poetry or prose, and participants will respond to it, developing their own fragments of work. Sarah will assist participants with framing their experience, taking them from their internal world onto the page. Limited places available.

Venue

DLR LexIcon, Level 5, Room 2 Dun Laoghaire,

Time

April 13 at 11:00 am

Tickets

Booking

Booking essential

The Country Girls Writing Workshop with Dermot Bolger

The Continuing Character – Dermot Bolger

 

Not least of the achievements of Edna O’Brien’s Country Girls Trilogy is how she interweaves the worlds of her two central characters at different stages of their lives. In this workshop novelist Dermot Bolger examines the challenge of getting inside the head of the same characters for a second time and progressing their stories while remaining true to their original representation. In discussing how he depicted the early decades of his real life heroine, Eva Fitzgerald, in his classic 2005 novel, The Family on Paradise Pier, and then later used the same characters to explore Eva’s closing decades in his 2018 novel, An Ark of Light, Bolger explores questions of to how to blend the plot of one novel into the plot of its sequel; how to research fiction set in the period when The Country Girls is set and both the issues and responsibilities involved in basing fiction on real events, be they biographical or autobiographical.

Irish Writers Centre is paying homage to The Country Girls Trilogy and 1950s Ireland with bespoke offerings arising from themes in the books. Workshops will cover: researching social history for authentic writing about a period, or: giving literary voice to marginalised groups. Others will explore developing a character over time and into book sequels and the tricky task of writing sensual stories with the uncompromising flair of Edna O’Brien. Finally, we present a panel discussion focusing on class and urban/rural divides in Irish society, which are so evident in O’Brien’s writing – how do they manifest in Irish literature in 2019?  

Featuring some of our most acclaimed Irish writers including Catherine Dunne, Nuala O’Connor, Dermot Bolger and Colm Keegan these free events are taking place in the Irish Writers Centre.

Funded by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature

Venue

Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square North

Time

April 13 at 11:30 am

Tickets

Booking

Booking essential

The Country Girls Writing Workshop with Nuala O’Connor

Writing From the Body – Nuala O’Connor 

Writing sensual moments and/or sex scenes in fiction can be a tricky business. How upfront does the writer need to be? How much should be on the page and how much hinted at? Using examples and writing exercises, this workshop will look at how far to go when it comes to writing from and about the body in long and short fiction.

The Irish Writers Centre is paying homage to The Country Girls Trilogy and 1950s Ireland with bespoke offerings arising from themes in the books. Workshops will cover: researching social history for authentic writing about a period, or: giving literary voice to marginalised groups. Others will explore developing a character over time and into book sequels and the tricky task of writing sensual stories with the uncompromising flair of Edna O’Brien. Finally, we present a panel discussion focusing on class and urban/rural divides in Irish society, which are so evident in O’Brien’s writing – how do they manifest in Irish literature in 2019?  

Featuring some of our most acclaimed Irish writers including Catherine Dunne, Nuala O’Connor, Dermot Bolger and Colm Keegan these free events are taking place in the Irish Writers Centre.

Funded by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature

Venue

Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square North

Time

April 13 at 11:45 am

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

Writing Women, Society and Sex in Ireland

Edna O’Brien’s The Country Girls : Writing women, society and sex in Ireland today and yesterday. A panel discussion featuring Martina Devlin author of Truth or Dare and About Sisterland , Dr Maureen O’Connor  (UCC)  and author June Caldwell (Room Little Darker ) . Chaired by Garrett Fagan (UCD)

This event is jointly support by Dublin: One City One Book and The National Library of Ireland.

All welcome. No booking required.

Martina Devlin has written 10 books. Her latest is Truth & Dare, a short story collection in which she brings to life some of the women who shaped Ireland – from Maud Gonne to Countess Markievicz. She writes a weekly current affairs column for the Irish Independent and has been named National Newspapers of Ireland commentator of the year, and is vice-chair of the Irish Writers Centre.

Dr Maureen O’Connor lectures in the School of English at University College Cork. She has published widely in Irish Studies, especially on women’s writing. She has recently completed a book-length study of Edna O’Brien’s writing.

June Caldwell’s short story collection Room Little Darker was published in 2017. She is a prizewinner of the Moth International Short Story Prize and her short story SOMAT was chosen as a ‘favourite’ by The Sunday Times. Her first novel Little Town Moone will be published in 2020.

Discussion chaired by Garrett Fagan who teaches literature courses at the National University of Ireland and at various Dublin universities, the Open University and Warwick University.

Venue

National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street Dublin 2,

Time

April 13 at 12:00 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking not necessary

Class Divides in Irish Society Past and Present

Panel Discussion: Class Divides in Irish Society Past and Present 

Colm Keegan and Professor Margaret Kelleher

What promises to be a very lively discussion between these two well-known personalities on the Dublin literary scene will include topics such as how the working-class has traditionally been portrayed in writing; working-class writers and social issues; how writers portray class in their own work; the shift in attitudes towards class as displayed in current writing; and to what extent the urban/rural divide still exists. There will be plenty of time for Qs & As also.

 

Funded by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature

Venue

Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square North

Time

April 13 at 3:45 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential
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