A feast of poetry, workshops and film awaits aspiring writers

Writer, teachers, editor and performer Dave Lordan will lead the creative writing workshop "Writing Flash Fiction or Short, Short Stories" at the Brewery Lane Writers' Weekend from April 11 to 13.
Poets have just another few days to enter their work in the inaugural Brewery Lane Poetry Competition, one of the key events of an upcoming writers’ weekend in Carrick-on-Suir.

Poets have just another few days to enter their work in the inaugural Brewery Lane Poetry Competition, one of the key events of an upcoming writers’ weekend in Carrick-on-Suir.

The second Brewery Lane Writers’ Weekend at Carrick’s Brewery Lane Theatre will open on Friday, April 11 with the announcement of the winners of this new poetry contest, which is being judged by Dr Richard Hayes, Head of the School of Humanities at Waterford Institute of Technology.

DEADLINE THIS FRIDAY

The deadline for submission of compositions to the competition is this Friday, March 14. All enquiries about the contest should be submitted to brewerylanepoetry@gmail.com.

WIT lecturer Margaret O’Brien, who is organising the Writers’ Weekend, said there is a category in the competition for emerging writers, who hvaen’t previously been published or won a prize.

She points out that there is also a category for students of Carrick-on-Suir’s three secondary schools, which is free of charge to enter.

“We hope the competition will give new writers a bit of encouragement,” said Margaret, who runs regular creative writing workshops at Brewery Lane.

ANOTHER HIGHLIGHT WORKSHOPS AT BREWERY LANE

Another highlight of the Writers’ Weekend will be the workshops at Brewery Lane on Saturday , April 12 and Sunday, April 13 on “Writing Flash Fiction or Short, Short Stories” with Co. Wicklow based writer, teacher, editor and performer Dave Lordan. Places onDave Lordan’s workshops are limited and must be pre-booked.

Kilkenny artist and photographer Shem Caulfield, who has a passionate interest in rural heritage, particularly wrought iron gates. will give a seminar called “The Epic Is In The Detail”. The seminar will focus on detailed observation in art and writing and takes place on Saturday. April 12 from 10am to 12 noon.

Other events include a screening of Lee Changdong’s 2010 Cannes Film Festival winnning film “Poetry” at the theatre from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday, April 12 and the Writers’ Weekend dinner at the Carraig Hotel that evening.