Doolin Writers Weekend 27th-29th March 2015

The 3rd Doolin Writers’ Weekend takes place this year at Hotel Doolin on the weekend of the 27th-29th March 2015.

The weekend is an eclectic mix of workshops, readings, theatre, music and food and has something for every level of writer from beginners to expert wordsmiths and lovers of literature alike. Located amidst the breadhtaking beauty of North Clare, Doolin is surrounded on all sides by natural wonders, the Cliffs of Moher, the Aran Islands and the Burren and has always been a tonic for the soul of the weary traveller. Famed for it’s warm welcome and traditional Irish music Doolin has also long been a haunt of artists and writers including J.M Synge, George Bernard Shaw, Dylan Thomas, Augustus John and Oliver St. John Gogary.

This Spring once again we are welcoming some of Ireland’s top writers back to Doolin. We’ll have readings from Donal Ryan, Christine Dwyer Hickey, Dave Lordan, workshops from Catherine Dunne, Madeleine D’Arcy, Anthony Glavin, as well as singer songwriter John Spillane, theatre with Peter Sheridan, a workshop with publishing whirlwinds Tramp Press and a plethora of local trad musicians, our own Dooliner Beer and some of North Clare's finest food to keep the whole thing moving.

Hotel Doolin in association with Tramp Press and Salmon Poetry are delighted to announce the launch of the DOOLIN WRITERS' WEEKEND COMPETITION 2015. This year we have two prizes, a short story prize sponsored by Doolin2Aran ferries and a poetry prize sponsored by Flogas. The prize fund for 1st place is €1000 for each of the competitions and a publishing consultation with Tramp Press (short story) and Salmon Poetry (poetry). The fee is €10 per entry and the closing date is Monday 2nd March 2015 at 5pm. Shortlisted authors will be announced on Friday 13th March and the winners announced at the Doolin Writers’ Weekend 27th-29th March 2015.

The Poetry Competition will be judged by Jessie Lendennie, Jesse is the founder and Managing Editor of Salmon Poetry. A poet herself, her prose poem Daughter was published in 1988, and reissued with new poems in 2001. In 1990, The Salmon Guide to Poetry Publishing appeared and in 1992 by The Salmon Guide to Creative Writing in Ireland. More recently, she edited Salmon: A Journey in Poetry, 1981-1997 (Salmon, 1997) and Poetry: Reading it, Writing it, Publishing it (Salmon, 2009) and Dogs Singing: A Tribute Anthology (2010). Her poetry collection,Walking Here, appeared in 2011.
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Éilís Ní Dhuibhne is this years Short Story judge. Éilís was born in Dublin in 1954. Her novels are The Bray House (Dublin, Attic Press, 1990); Singles (Dublin, Attic Press, 1992); The Dancers Dancing (Belfast, The Blackstaff Press, 1999/London Headline Review, 2001), which was shortlisted for the 2000 Orange Prize; and Fox, Swallow, Scarecrow (The Blackstaff Press, 2007); and Dún an Airgid (Dublin, Cois Life, 2008), which was awarded the Oireachtas Prize for Novel in Irish.

She has published five story collections, including Blood & Water (The Attic Press, 1988); Eating Women is Not Recommended (The Attic Press); The Inland Ice and other stories (Blackstaff Press, 1997); Pale Gold of Alaska And Other Stories (Blackstaff Press 2000/London, Headline Review, 2001); and The Shelter of Neighbours (Blackstaff Press, 2012).

Her novels in Irish are Dúnmharú sa Daingean (Dublin, Clo Cois Life, 2000), which was awarded the Oireachtas Prize for a Novel in Irish; and Dordán (Clo Cois Life, 2011).

Her books for children include The Uncommon Cormorant (Dublin, Poolbeg Press, 1990). As Elizabeth O’Hara her books for children are The Hiring Fair (Dufour Editions, 1993) which was a Bisto Merit Award Winner in 1994; and Hugo and the Sunshine Girl (Learning Links, 2002).

Editor of Voices on the Wind, a collection of Irish women’s poetry, her play Dún na mBan Trí Thine was performed in the Peacock Theatre, Dublin, in 1994.

She has also published a book of two plays, Milseóg an tSamhraidh (Baile Atha Cliath, Cois Life, 1997). A member of Aosdána, she lives in Wicklow.

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Doolin Writers Weekend ENTRY FORM available (pdf) or (Word)

If you have any queries, please contact:
Donal Minihane
Hotel Doolin
Doolin Co. Clare