Workshops

Kim Moore Workshop
Limited to 10 places, €180
9.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. Wednesday 18 – Saturday 21 May
Venue: Munster Literature Centre, 84 Douglas Street

Wednesday: Ordinary to Extraordinary

This session will involve examining how the poem as a form can take an ordinary moment and elevate it to a moment of epiphany. We will try out different techniques to turn the everyday and the mundane into poetry.

Thursday: Repetition and Silence

During this workshop, we will explore the power of repetition, in the knowledge that in a poem, you never say the same thing twice! We will also look at the power of the white page, the silence that we are always writing into and against.

Friday: Holding Back the Narrative

We will look at how poems tell a story and also how they hold back a narrative, covering techniques such as fragmentation and mode of address. We’ll experiment with the idea of holding back or telling all and look at where we should start and end the story.

Saturday: Playing with Form

During this session, we will look at different poetic forms and the relationship between form and content. We will look at form in poetry as a form of playfulness and as a door to a different kind of writing freedom.

Kim Moore’s pamphlet If We Could Speak Like Wolves was a winner in the 2011 Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition. Her first collection The Art of Falling (Seren 2015) won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. Her second collection All The Men I Never Married was published by Seren in 2021. Her first non-fiction book What The Trumpet Taught Me will be published by Smith/Doorstop in March 2022.

 

Maurice Riordan Masterclass
Limited to 8 places, €50
9.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. Wednesday 18 May
Venue: Nano Nagle Place, Douglas Street, T12 X70A

Each participant will have the opportunity to have one of their poems (of up to forty lines) discussed in a very small class where each person’s work will receive much individual attention. They will submit their poem to Maurice Riordan in advance. Participants in this masterclass must have at least two journal publication credits.

Maurice Riordan’s Shoulder Tap appeared from Faber in October 2021. Previous books include A Word from the Loki (1995), Floods (2000), The Holy Land (2007) and The Water Stealer (2013). He edited The Finest Music, an anthology of early Irish lyrics in translation, and A Quark for Mister Mark: 101 Poems about Science. He has received the Michael Hartnett Award, a Cholmondeley Award and a PEN translation award. He is former Editor of The Poetry Review and Emeritus Professor of Poetry at Sheffield Hallam University. Born in Lisgoold, Co. Cork, he lives in London and teaches at the Faber Academy.

 

John F. Deane Masterclass
Limited to 8 places, €50
9.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. Saturday 21 May
Venue: Nano Nagle Place, Douglas Street, T12 X70A

Each participant will have the opportunity to have one of their poems (of up to forty lines) discussed in a very small class where each person’s work will receive much individual attention. They will submit their poem to John F. Deane in advance. Participants in this masterclass must have at least two journal publication credits.

John F. Deane was born on Achill Island off the west coast of Ireland. He is founder of Poetry Ireland, Ireland’s national poetry society, and its journal Poetry Ireland Review. A new collection Dear Pilgrims appeared from Carcanet in 2018 and a collection of poems set on Achill Island with paintings by John Behan, Achill: The Island published by Currach Press also appeared in 2018. In 2016 Deane was the Teilhard de Chardin Fellow in Catholic Studies in Loyola University, Chicago and taught a course in poetry. In 2019 he was visiting poet in Notre Dame University in Indiana In 2021 Carcanet published his new collection of poems, Naming of the Bones.

 

Manuscript Makeover with James Harpur
Limited to 8 appointments, €100
One-hour session each, two per afternoon (3 - 5pm), 18 - 21 May
Venue: Munster Literature Centre, 84 Douglas Street

Is a poetry collection gathering dust in your top drawer? Are you unsure about your latest batch of poems – line endings, poem titles, clichés, clunky rhythms? Or perhaps you’re seeking new directions, or advice about the poetry publishing world?
James will scrutinise your work, write comments on your manuscript, and present sympathetic, insightful and honest feedback to you face to face in a highly focused one-hour session. This is a rare opportunity to receive critical comments in person from an experienced practitioner of the poetic craft.
The cost per session/makeover is €100 for a maximum of 20 poems on a maximum of 20 pages (one-and-half line spacing, 12pt type), which includes time spent on them before the sessions. Advance booking is essential – only eight one-hour sessions are available, two per afternoon, 3 - 5 pm, Wednesday to Saturday. Manuscripts must be sent to James by 12th May.

James Harpur has published eight collections of poetry and is a member of Aosdána. His two latest poetry books are The Examined Life, an odyssey through boarding school; and The Oratory of Light, poems inspired by St Columcille, or Columba, and the island of Iona. He has won a number of awards for his work, including the Michael Hartnett Poetry Prize and the UK National Poetry Competition. His debut novel, The Pathless Country, a spiritual quest set in 1900s Ireland and London, was published in 2021. He lives in West Cork.

 

Booking
Payment will be accepted by cheque/postal order (made payable to the Munster Literature Centre), by credit card via PayPal (link provided on registration), or cash (payable in person at The Munster Literature Centre, Frank O'Connor House, 84 Douglas Street, Cork). To book your place please email info(at)munsterlit(dot)ie or phone +353(0)21 4322396 .

Additional Information
If you have limited mobility, please let us know in advance so we can arrange to make the experience as pleasant as possible for you. Every effort will be made to make sure that the programme proceeds as advertised but the Munster Literature Centre accepts no responsibility for changes made due to circumstances beyond our control—refunds will be given only if a workshop is cancelled. As workshops sell out, notification of such will be posted on this page.