Paying Attention, The Sanctuary, Sunday 14th September 2014. Paying Attention invites you to slow down and connect with your own creativity. The workshop introduces examples from short stories and poetry as well as simple mindfulness techniques to lead you into writing. Suitable for beginners & people who have been writing for a while. Booking via The Sanctuary website : here.
Shirley will be reading with other writers at the Irish Writers' Centre Dublin on Culture Night, Friday 19th September and with Jane Clarke at The Farm Shop tearoom Tinahely, Co Wicklow on Ireland Poetry Day, 2nd October 2014, more details to follow.
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 novelish and former TD Liz McManus on Thursday 4th September, at Signal Arts Centre, 1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow. Exhibition runs from Tuesday 2nd to Sunday 7th September, and then continues in the library, Eglinton road, Bray from October 1st- 31st. Moving to other local venues for the remainder of the year.
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.