Friday, 6 February 2009

Creative Writing Project in Shannon

Clare County Library in association with Clare County Arts Office and Ballyvaughan-based publishers Móinín have come together to offer Shannon post- primary students a unique opportunity to work with one of Ireland’s most famous and prolific writers and to develop their writing skills under his tuition and guidance. A group of 12 students from St. Caimin’s Community School and St. Patrick’s Comprehensive School, selected by their teachers, joined Ré Ó Laighléis in Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon for a series of creative writing classes, the first of which began on the 9th January 2009. The participants’ work will be inspired, chosen, read and evaluated with constructive suggestions for its amendment and development by Ré on a continuous basis up to the 6th of February 2009. Ré O Laighléis is the biggest selling contemporary author in the Irish language. His novel Gafa (Móinín, 2005) has recently featured on the Leaving Cert syllabus and works of his, such as Ecstasy & other stories (Móinín, 2005), Hooked (Móinín 1999/2007) and his Burren titles are read widely by the general readership and at second and third levels, not just here in Ireland, but also throughout Britain and North America.

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