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October 2018

Panel Discussion on The Glass Shore & The Long Gaze Back at Omagh Literary Festival

13. October 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Strule Arts Centre, Town Hall Square
Omagh, BT78 1BL United Kingdom
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£7

The 2018 Omagh Literary Festival will feature a panel discussion on The Glass Shore and The Long Gaze Back Award-winning collections of Short Stories by Women Writers from Ireland,  with Sinéad Gleeson, Bernie McGill, June Caldwell and Fiona O'Rourke. Writer, broadcaster and critic, Sinéad Gleeson, is the guest speaker on a lively discussion panel about the significant role played by Irish female writers. She has edited two collections of short stories, namely The Long Gaze Back and The Glass Shore, both of which have been awarded the Best Irish Published Book at the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards (in 2015 and in 2016). These stories run the gamut from the heartbreaking to the humorous, but always leaving a lasting impression. Sinéad Gleeson reviews books for The Irish Times and presents the Book Show on RTE 1. Sinead is the judge of the Benedict Kiely Short Story Competition 2018 and will announce the short list and winner at the end of the discussion. Bernie McGill is the author of the short story collection Sleepwalkers, shortlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize in 2014, and of novels The Butterfly Cabinet and The Watch House. Her work has been anthologised widely, and appears in both The…

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Dropping Your Gaze: A Day of Mindfulness and Writing with Michelle Gibb and Bernie McGill at Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Bellaghy

27. October 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Seamus Heaney HomePlace, 45 Main Street
Bellaghy, BT45 8HT United Kingdom
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£30

Mindfulness is the practice of learning to be present. It is also beneficial for calming the physical state of the body and quietening the mind. Whether you’re new to writing or have been writing for a while and are looking for a way to rejuvenate your approach, this day of guided mindfulness and writing exercises, led by two experienced facilitators, will refresh and enhance your writing skills and leave you with a simple toolkit that you can use in your everyday practice. Alongside focused writing exercises, you will learn: the importance of breath work and how to calm your breathing; how reducing the mind chatter can help centre your writing focus; a fifteen second calming technique; visualisation guidance and advice; short and simple brain gym exercises. All levels welcome. Please bring a packed lunch. Bernie McGill is the author of two novels: The Watch House and The Butterfly Cabinet and of a short story collection, Sleepwalkers. She has worked for twenty-five years as a creative writing facilitator, is a Writer in Schools with Poetry Ireland and a Professional Mentor with the Irish Writers’ Centre. www.berniemcgill.com Michelle Gibb is a poet, life coach and yoga teacher whose work has been published locally by A…

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November 2018

Of This and Other Worlds – an Evening of Literature and Music at the C.S. Lewis Festival, Belfast

3. November 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Campbell College, Belfast, Belmont Road
Belfast, BT4 2ND
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£12

C.S. Lewis Festival Curator Jan Carson hosts a bespoke evening of two halves. During the first half of the performance, poet Damian Smyth, novelist, Bernie McGill and Bangor-based folk duo, The Darkling Air, playing alongside The Arco String Quartet, will tell stories and sing songs exploring real world experiences. In the second half, the performers will delve into the more magical elements of their work. To book tickets visit Belfast Welcome Centre, 9 Donegall Square North, Belfast, BT1 5GB Tel. 028 9024 6609 We’ve chosen, “Of This and Other Worlds,” as our theme for this year’s CS Lewis Festival. In the essay collection of the same name Lewis focuses his attention upon speculative writing: fantasy, science fiction and the recently emerged genre of magic realism. Lewis throughout his career was always a great champion of imagination and this year’s festival theme gives us the opportunity to explore and exercise our imaginations as we focus on non-realist art across a range of different forms and expressions. Imagination isn’t just essential to creative practice, imagination helps us to envisage what the future could look like, to find creative solutions to ongoing problems and empathise with those who see the world a little differently from us. Through…

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One Day Writing Workshop at Ballyeamon Barn, Cushendall

4. November 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Ballyeamon Barn, 127 Ballyeamon Road, Cushendall
Ballymena, Antrim BT44 0QP United Kingdom
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£30

A practical one day workshop led by Bernie McGill in the beautiful surroundings of Ballyeamon Barn, Cushendall on the everyday craft of writing and with the aim of sparking ideas for new work. All levels of experience welcome. Come with writing materials and be prepared to write. 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 Edgehill Prize in 2014. She is Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow based at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University, Belfast. Fee includes lunch. To book please email: liz@lizweir.net

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Dropping Your Gaze: A Day of Mindfulness and Writing with Michelle Gibb and Bernie McGill at Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart

10. November 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Flowerfield Arts Centre, 185 Coleraine Road
PORTSTEWART, Northern Ireland BT55 7HU United Kingdom
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£25

Mindfulness is the practice of learning to be present. It is also beneficial for calming the physical state of the body and quietening the mind. Whether you’re new to writing or have been writing for a while and are looking for a way to rejuvenate your approach, this day of guided mindfulness and writing exercises, led by two experienced facilitators, will refresh and enhance your writing skills and leave you with a simple toolkit that you can use in your everyday practice. Alongside focused writing exercises, you will learn: the importance of breath work and how to calm your breathing; how reducing the mind chatter can help centre your writing focus; a fifteen second calming technique; visualisation guidance and advice; short and simple brain gym exercises. All levels welcome. Please bring a packed lunch. Bernie McGill is the author of two novels: The Watch House and The Butterfly Cabinet and of a short story collection, Sleepwalkers. She has worked for twenty-five years as a creative writing facilitator, is a Writer in Schools with Poetry Ireland and a Professional Mentor with the Irish Writers’ Centre. www.berniemcgill.com Michelle Gibb is a poet, life coach and yoga teacher whose work has been published locally by A…

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December 2018

On the Same Page at the River Mill Writers’ Retreat with Sheena Wilkinson & Bernie McGill

2. December 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
River Mill Writers’ Retreat, 43 Ballyclander Road
Downpatrick, BT30 7DE United Kingdom
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£60

A day-long intensive fiction writing and editing workshop for committed writers facilitated by two of Northern Ireland’s most acclaimed fiction writers. Come prepared to write, share your work and learn how to take your skills to the next level. From the first spark of inspiration to sending your work out into the world, Bernie and Sheena will guide you through the process, drawing on their own experiences in publishing and offering practical advice for the submission process. The workshop fee includes lunch and refreshments. To book, contact Paul Maddern at inforivermill@gmail.com. Bernie McGill is the author of Sleepwalkers, a collection of stories short-listed in 2014 for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize, and of two novels: The Watch House and The Butterfly Cabinet. Her stories have been widely anthologised, in the award-winning The Long Gaze Back, The Glass Shore and, most recently, Female Lines. She is the recipient of a number of Arts Council of Northern Ireland Awards, is a creative writing facilitator in the community and with Poetry Ireland’s Writers in Schools Programme as well as a Professional Mentor for the Irish Writers’ Centre. She is Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University, Belfast. Sheena Wilkinson…

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February 2019

Novel Writing with Bernie McGill

9 February @ 10:00 am - 23 March @ 2:15 pm
The Playhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, 5-7 Artillery Street
Derry, BT48 6RG United Kingdom
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€88

This 16 hour course will run on Saturday 9th & Saturday 23rd February and Saturday 9th & Saturday 23rd March 2019 from 10.00am-2.15pm each day at the Playhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, Artillery Road, Derry. In this course, participants will look at: structuring work; writing openings with impact; developing setting; creating credible characters; selecting point of view; writing dialogue; editing and redrafting; outlets for completed work. You will be invited to take part in writing exercises to further develop your work and to share your writing with other class members. Suitable for committed writers who are beginning or developing a novel. Participants should come with a 250 word outline for a novel. Works-in-progress are welcomed. Bernie McGill is the author of Sleepwalkers, a collection of stories short-listed in 2014 for the Edge Hill short story prize, and of the novels The Butterfly Cabinet and The Watch House. She has been published in the UK, the US and in translation in Italy and in the Netherlands. Her short fiction has appeared in acclaimed anthologies The Long Gaze Back, The Glass Shore and Female Lines, and for the theatre she has written The Haunting of Helena Blunden and The Weather Watchers. She works as a professional mentor with the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin and…

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April 2019

Bernie McGill & Sheena Wilkinson – Northern Irish Fiction Event at IWHC, Manchester

1 April @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
Irish World Heritage Centre, 1 Irish Town Way
MANCHESTER, M8 0AE
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We are delighted to welcome two fantastic Northern Irish writers, Bernie McGill and Sheena Wilkinson, to share their work at the Irish World Heritage Centre, Manchester, on Monday 1st April. Bernie McGill is the author of Sleepwalkers, a collection of stories short-listed in 2014 for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize, and of the novels The Butterfly Cabinet and The Watch House (a story of infidelity, secrets and murder in a small Irish island community, inspired by Marconi’s experiments in wireless telegraphy in the late nineteenth century). In 2012, Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey named The Butterfly Cabinet his novel of the year. She has been published in the UK, the US and in translation in Italy and in the Netherlands. Her short fiction has appeared in acclaimed anthologies The Long Gaze Back, The Glass Shore and Female Lines (all by New Island Books, Dublin), and for the theatre she has written, The Haunting of Helena Blunden and The Weather Watchers. She lives in Portstewart in Northern Ireland with her family, works as a professional mentor with the Irish Writers’ Centre and as a Writer in Schools for Poetry Ireland. She is currently Writing Fellow with the Royal Literary…

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In Sight of Rathlin Writing Workshops at Corrymeela, Ballycastle

13 April @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Corrymeela Ballycastle, 5 Drumaroan Road
Ballycastle, BT54 6QU United Kingdom
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Free

A Day of Free Writing Workshops organised by Ballycastle Writers' Group at Corrymeela, Ballycastle. Special Guest – Joan Newmann 10am Meet and Greet  10.30am Choice of Three Workshops (1) Poetry with Kate Newmann (2) Poetry with Ruth Carr (3) Fiction Writing with Bernie McGill 12.30pm Lunch  1.30pm  Choice of Three Workshops (1) Poetry with Kate Newmann (2) Poetry with Ruth Carr (3) Fiction Writing with Bernie McGill 3.30pm Writers' Showcase These workshops are free to participants and can be booked via Ballycastle Writers' Group's Facebook Page. Participants are welcome to book into one or two workshops. Lunch is provided. The day will finish with a Writers' Showcase in which all participants are welcome to read a short piece of their work.

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May 2019

Creative Writing Workshop with Bernie McGill at Burnavon Arts Centre, Cookstown

11 May @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Burnavon Arts & Cultural Centre, Burn Road
Cookstown, BT80 8DN United Kingdom
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£16
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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 (named by Julian Fellowes as his novel of the year in 2012), and Sleepwalkers, a collection of short stories, shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize in 2014.  

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