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January 2020

‘Strung on Air’: A St Brigid’s Day Celebration at Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Bellaghy

31 January @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Seamus Heaney HomePlace, 45 Main Street
Bellaghy, BT45 8HT United Kingdom
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Featuring Moyra Donaldson, Bernie McGill and Maria McManus, with music from Brigid O’Neill ‘As if St Brigid once more Had rigged up a ray of sun Like the one she’d strung on air To dry her own cloak on’ Seamus Heaney, ‘The Clothes Shrine’   As a celebration of St Brigid’s Day, HomePlace is delighted to present three of Northern Ireland’s leading women writers, reading their work alongside the beautiful music of Brigid O’Neill. Bernie McGill is the author of two novels and one short story collection and her work has been anthologised in the award-winning collections The Long Gaze Back and The Glass Shore. She is currently Writing Fellow with the Royal Literary Fund at the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University, Belfast. Maria McManus is a poet and playwright. Her most recent collection is Available Light and she has published three other collections of poetry. Maria is currently a poetry mentor for the Poetry Society and the creator of Ireland’s first Poetry Jukebox. Moyra Donaldson is a poet, creative writing facilitator and editor who has published four collections. Her most recent collection, Carnivorous, was published by Doire Press in 2019. Critically acclaimed artist Brigid O’Neill is a genre-spanning…

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March 2020

Creative Writing Workshop at Burnavon Arts Centre, Cookstown

7 March @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Burnavon Arts & Cultural Centre, Burn Road
Cookstown, BT80 8DN United Kingdom
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A practical workshop on the everyday craft of writing, with the aim of sparking ideas for new work. All levels of experience welcome, from experienced writers to first-timers, poets and fiction writers alike. The workshop will be fully participative with attendees taking part in writing exercises throughout the morning. Come with writing materials and be prepared to write. Suitable for 16y+ Book online or Tel. Burnavon Arts & Cultural Centre on 028 8676 9949 Bernie McGill is the author of two novels: The Watch House and The Butterfly Cabinet, and Sleepwalkers, a collection of short stories, shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize in 2014.

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