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Bealtaine Writer in Residence

14th May 2019 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm

Bealtaine Writer in Residence

During the month of May Kerry Writers’ Museum will host a Bealtaine Writer in Residence with acclaimed poet Eileen Sheehan. Eileen will direct a series of writing workshops for older people including the following:

Tuesday May 14th: Setting Out
Beginners workshop aimed at those with little or no previous writing experience.
10.30am – 1pm

Friday May 17th: Write What You See
A workshop in Ekphrastic Poetry. Given that the workshops are based in a venue which celebrates the visual as well as the written arts, this workshop would use the art work /objects and Writers’ Rooms as starting points to inspire poems. An introduction to Ekphrastic writing will be included so the workshop is suitable for all levels.
10.30am – 1pm

Further events will be announced with the Bealtaine Writer in Residence.

The Bealtaine Writer in Residence Programme is a partnership between Kerry County Council Arts Office and Kerry Writers’ Museum and is funded by The Arts Council and Creative Kerry.

Eileen Sheehan lives in Killarney and is originally from Scartaglen, in the Sliabh Luachra area of County Kerry. She has read at festivals in Ireland and abroad including The Shanghai Literary Festival; the ACIS Conference in Davenport, Iowa; Writers’ Week Listowel and The Cork International Poetry Festival. Anthology publications include The Watchful Heart: A New Generation of Irish Poets (editor Joan McBreen/ Salmon Poetry); Best Loved Poems: Favourite Poems from the South of Ireland (editor Gabriel Fitzmaurice with photographs by John Reidy/ Curragh Press) and The Deep Heart’s Core: Irish Poets Revisit a Touchstone Poem (editors Eugene O’Connell & Pat Boran/ Dedalus Press). Her collections are Song of the Midnight Fox and Down the Sunlit Hall (Doghouse Books). Her third collection, The Narrow Way of Souls (Salmon Poetry) was launched in May 2018. One of the poems from this collection is on the Leaving Certificate English Syllabus 2019 – 2022.


14th May 2019
10:30 am - 1:00 pm


Kerry County Council
066 7183703