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.
Bray Active Retirement
Association classes resume on Tuesday 27th Parish Centre,
Herbert Road, Bray for 8 weeks. Members of BARA only. €40
Little Bray Writers'
Group meets on Tuesdays from 10-12, 8 weeks starting 3rd
Workshop: 'Writing from Our Senses' will be held at The Sanctuary, Stanhope Street, Dublin 7 on Saturday 18th January from 2-4 p.m. at the April from 10-4. Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org 01 670 5419 €65.
renowned poet Mimi Khalvati will be leading an advanced
poetry workshop in Bray this April 11th and 12th. The
workshop is fully booked with a waiting list, but if you are
interested in learning about similar events in the future,
please email Shirley to be included in a mailing list.
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:
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.
|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.
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? may be purchased online from Bradshaw Books - use the horizontal scroll to find it in the list.