Creative Writing Workshop with Eileen Casey

  • Date: Sunday 23rd July 2017
  • Times: 11.30pm to 2.00pm
  • Venue:  Charlotte’s Way, Banagher
  • Fee: €10.00 (To be paid on the day)

In an age where correspondence is chiefly characterised by text messaging, this workshop seeks to rediscover the joys of other forms of communication. During WWI, such forms were particularly significant as a means of keeping alive the memory of loved ones.

The Bamforth Song Series Postcards, for example, were a popular way for those at home to correspond with their loved ones at the Front. The workshop will feature a set of six such postcards which formed part of a correspondence between sweethearts in 1914 and although the messages are short, they are extremely poignant.

Participants are invited to explore the impact of such forms and how these little gems have an enduring resonance in contemporary times. Letters and diaries as valuable writing formats and inspirational treasures will also be included.

Facilitator Eileen Casey is a widely published poet, writer and journalist. A Hennessy Award winning Writer, she has published collections of poetry (New Island) and short fiction (Arlen House) and her work is anthologised by Faber & Faber, New Island, Arlen House, Dedalus Press, among others. She was a prize-winner with An Post Letter Writing Awards and Bealtaine’s Letter Writing Competition organised by the National Gallery, Dublin.

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