Reading tour 2015 to launch the CD Spanish Affair  - all proceeds to Arklow Cancer Support Group - & Jane Clarke's new book The River

Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo
Shirley McClure and Jane Clarke and will give a poetry reading with musical accompaniment on Wednesday 29th July at 8pm.

Stone House Books, Kilkenny

The Kilkenny launch by poet Kerry Hardie of Spanish Affair and Jane Clarke's The River is in
Stone House Books on Thursday 27th August at 7pm. Music by Eamon Sweeney, whose Spanish
guitar is featured on the CD Spanish Affair.

Café Fusion, Wexford
Shirley and Jane read at  Café Fusion on Friday 4th September at 8pm.

Bray Arts, Bray
A performance of poetry and music from Spanish Affair with Eamon Sweeney, Katie Donovan,
Jane Clarke, Lizzy Morrissey and Shirley McClure, Monday 5th October at the Martello Hotel,
Strand Road, Bray. 8 pm.

Books Upstairs, Dublin
A reading by Shirley McClure and Jane Clarke and a guest poet (TBC!) at Books Upstairs, 17 d'Olier Street, Dublin 2. 7 pm.

Imagine Festival, Waterford
A reading by Shirley McClure and Jane Clarke at Waterford Book Centre, as part of the Imagine Festival. 3 pm.

The CD Spanish Affair can be bought online from the Arklow Cancer Support Group website.

Writing from Stillness: Three Creative Writing Workshops with Shirley McClure.

Thursdays 6.30-8.00pm on 9, 16 and 23 July. Public Library, Stillorgan, Co.Dublin
(Max 12 adults at each session) FREE (Attend all 3 workshops).
Connect with the hugely popular mindfulness revolution currently taking place worldwide. These workshops will introduce aspiring and experienced writers to poems and prose which tap into the need for stillness and awareness in the age of speed. Writing from stillness invites you to slow down and connect with your own creativity. Simple mindfulness techniques are used prior to writing.
 For more information contact the library: 01-2889655

Latest News

The CD, Spanish Affair, was launched at 2 packed-out events in the Irish Writers' Centre, Dublin, and the Presbyterian Hall, Arklow. Many thanks to all who contributed, who came along, and who bought the CD - all proceeds went to Arklow Cancer Support Group
If you could not attend, the CD can still be bought online from the Arklow Cancer Support Group website.

The Little Bray Family Resource & Development Centre Project, Bray Now and Then: Building Community Expression through Creative Writing , a poster exhibition of stories, poems and memories by writers from The Little Bray Writers Group (Coordinated by Shirley McClure) was launched by novelist and former TD Liz McManus on Thursday 4th September, at Signal Arts Centre, 1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow. After running in the Signal Arts Centre in September, it moved to the library, Eglinton Road, Bray for October, and is now at the Bray DART station, platform 1.

Shirley was the Winner of Listowel Writers' Week Single Poem originals competition, 2014.

November 2013 saw the launches of two anthologies of writings by groups which Shirley facilitates:

ACSG cover

Arklow Cancer Support Group produced 'Welcome- writings by ACSG', which was launched by Anne Doyle, RTE at the Arklow Bay Hotel. The group has been writing together for two years now, and it was a delight to hear Anne Doyle's encouraging comments on their stories and poems. Congratulations to all the writers and artists involved, and especially to Director of Services, Mary O'Brien. The book is available at €10 in local Arklow shops: Burkes Lower Main St.- Adrian Dunne Pharmacy, Holly's Pharmacy, John Flood's Man Shop. McMullens and Bracken's Wexford road. and direct from the centre at 25 King's Hill Arklow, Co.Wicklow. Tel: 0402 23590. All proceeds go to Arklow Cancer Support Group.

Anne Doyle

BARA cover BARA Book Launch 2.jpg Group photos by Barbara Flynn.

 Later that month, Liz McManus launched 'These Things Happen,' a collection of writings by members of Bray Active Retirement Association's creative writing group. A copy of the book was presented to the President, Michael D. Higgins, on the same day. This group continues to meet weekly on Tuesday afternoons and new members are welcome at the beginning of any term. Spring term starts on 11th February 2014. Contact me to join or to purchase a book (€5). They are almost all sold! Well done all the writers, and cover artist Colm McCormack for the beautiful image of Martello Terrace, Bray.

BARA Book Launch 1.jpg

Shirley teaches creative writing to a number of groups in the Wicklow/ Dublin region, and is available to work with community and health-related groups as well as the general public.

Who's Counting?

Who's Counting? may be purchased online from Bradshaw Books - use the horizontal scroll to find it in the list.

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