Workshop at All Ireland Drama Festival

The RTE All Ireland Drama Festival is the highlight of the amateur dramatic year and a wonderful occasion which brings together talented drama practitioners from all over Ireland:

‘The RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival sees the nine top amateur drama groups in Ireland compete for the honour of being crowned All Ireland Champions 2014.

Having come through a qualifying circuit of thirty five local drama festivals held throughout Ireland in February and March, these groups will battle it out in a grand final in Athlone in May. The adjudicator is Russell Boyce. This is the most prestigious event in the world of amateur theatre and is supported by a full programme of fringe events including art exhibitions, workshops and entertainment at various venues around the town throughout the duration of the festival.’

I’m delighted to be teaching a playwriting workshop as one of the Festival Fringe events at the Luan Gallery on Saturday the 3rd May from 10.00-13.00. This three hour crash course will give participants the opportunity to formulate an idea for a play while focusing on character, structure and dialogue. Details below. Bookings can be made by calling the Luan Gallery on 090 644 2154.



More information on all Fringe Events can be found here:


Introduction to Playwriting




I’ve two playwriting courses beginning in the next few weeks. My Playwriting Workshop course is filling up fast at Big Smoke, but I believe there are still a few places left in my Introduction to Playwriting course at the Irish Writers Centre.

This course is suitable for those looking for an all round introduction to the craft of playwriting, or those with a play-in-progress looking for a creative boost. We’ll cover the basics of playwriting under the headings of plot, characterisation, structure, dialogue, theatricality and style and rewriting. Each participant will also be encouraged to write and workshop a number of scenes. 

The course is eight weeks long and begins on the 6th May. More details and booking here:

The Pickled Body



The cover says it all – I’m delighted to have a new poem featured in issue 1.2 of Dimitra Xidous and Patrick Chapman’s gorgeous journal The Pickled Body

The launch is tomorrow at the Ranelagh Arts Centre. Here’s the pertinent info (food, poems, food, how can you resist??):

An amuse-bouche is a single, bite-sized hors d’œuvre. Often complemented by a particular wine, amuse-bouches both prepare the guest for the meal and offer a glimpse into the chef’s approach to the art of cuisine. 

Poetry too, lives in the mouth. The Pickled Body Café will be popping up between 2-4:30pm on Saturday April 12th, 2014 at the Ranelagh Arts Centre to launch Issue 1.2 – Amuse Bouche. 

There will be an assortment of amuse bouches on offer, and some lovely music to amuse the ears. There will also be postcards, and poets reading work from the issue. 

The afternoon will be MC’d by The Pickled Body editors – Patrick Chapman and Dimitra Xidous. And there will be pickles. Lots and lots of pickles.

All welcome.

Women of Letters



I’ve been asked to take part in the Dublin session of the phenomenal Women of Letters series, which is happening tomorrow night at the Grand Social. Women of Letters is an Australian literary salon which seeks to revive interest in the lost art of letter writing. For each of their sessions, a theme is set and a group of women (or in some cases, women and men) write a letter on that theme. All proceeds from these events go to charity. Here are the details for the Dublin event – as you can see, I’ll be in great company:


Bestselling author MONICA MCINERNEY

Award-winning actress and star of The Commitments and The General ANGELINE BALL

Ireland AM anchor and journalist SINEAD DESMOND

Writer and journalist/playwright FELICITY MCCALL

Poet, playwright and screenwriter CELIA DE FREINE

Presenter and singer MICHELE MCGRATH

And poet, writer and dramaturg JESSICA TRAYNOR

Writing ‘A letter to the path I could have taken.’



I’ve been working on my letter for the past few weeks. Initially I found myself in a bit of a quandary, because I don’t feel I can accurately claim that I’ve ever had any doors closed to me in terms of career or lifestyle choices. So I think my response to the theme has become a little conceptual…come along tomorrow night and you’ll see what I mean!