Origami Doll : New and Collected Poems, 2019.

Shirley's literary editor, Jane Clarke, her publisher, Alan Hayes of Arlen House, and photographer Cat Gundry-Beck, have done terrific work in bringing together her new collection of poetry, called Origami Doll. Arlen House will be launching it in Hodges Figgis bookshop, Dawson Street, Dublin at 6pm on Weds 1st May 2019. This promises to be a wonderful event, as her poems will be read by a collection of her fellow poets who knew her well and admired her work greatly. Look forward to seeing you there. It is of course a bittersweet moment, as she is not here to launch the collection herself. It contains not just her most recent poems, written in the months before her death in Sept 2016, but also her earlier collections, Who's Counting? and Stone Dress. Here are the launches so far - more soon!
Hodges Figgis, Dawson St, Dublin1 May 201918.00Alan Hayes, Arlen House
Strokestown Poetry Festival6 May 201911.30Geraldine Mitchell
Kilkenny College Library21 May 201916.00Roger McClure
Listowel Writers’ Week30 May 201911.00Philip Beck & Jane Clarke
Dingle Library15 June 201914.30Patricia Sharpe & Dorene Palmer
Newtown School, Waterford28 September 2019TBCRoger McClure
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Origami Doll on Poetry Ireland website

Poetry Ireland have selected the title poem Origami Doll as one of their Truth or Dare poems for Poetry Day Ireland (Thurs 2 May 2019), with a wonderful analysis piece by Elaine Feeney.

Shirley McClure RIP

With great sadness, we must inform you that Shirley has succumbed to the cancer which plagued her for so many years. 05/01/1962 - 23/09/2016. Here is one of her last poems :

                                May God

                      I am searching
                                          for a kind of god:
                            like ours
                                            but feminine,
                                           a rock,

                                   a hey girl! Pachamama

                             who'd be as easy
                                     standing guard for me
                                                         within a vessel

                      on the dresser of our kitchen,
                                  as in a field of sunflowers

                   cradling like a hammock
                                 wrought of moss & silken twine
                           my battered body -

                                 she is on her way to me, I trust
                                                 she's on her way.

                                Shirley McClure (c) 2016

Recent News

John Foggin's cobweb carried a very positive reflection on Shirley's poetry under the title "Polished gem: Shirley McClure" here.

Shirley's poem, 'Feedback', has appeared in the Spring 2016 edition of Trumpet, published by Poetry Ireland.
Poetry Ireland Trumpet
Shirley's poem, 'Stone Dress', has won First Prize in this year's PENfro Poetry Competition, Wales. Full results, including the judges' comments on the top three prizewinners, are now on the website here.
Stone Dress review

Launch of Stone Dress : Shirley McClure's second collection


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

Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow
Shirley McClure, Jane Clarke, and classical guitarist, Eamon Sweeeny,  will give a performance of poetry and music on Thursday 24th September at 8.30pm.

University of Alicante, Spain
A reading by Jane Clarke & Shirley McClure on Thursday 1st October at 6 pm at La Seu,
University of Alicante, 57-59 C/Purissima, Benissa, Alicante. Afterwards there will be wine and
nibbles in the Meeting room.

Dingle Library, Kerry
Jane & Shirley read at Dingle Library, Green street, Dingle on Thursday 29th October at 7.30 pm.
There will be music in between the readings.

Books Upstairs, Dublin
A reading by Paula Cunningham, Rosie Shepperd, Jane Clarke & Shirley McClure at Books
Upstairs,  17 D'Olier Street, Dublin 2.

Becoming more present: Mindfulness & Creative Writing, a workshop with Josephine Lynch,
mindfulness teacher, and Shirley McClure, facilitator of creative writing. Saturday, 31st October
from 10-1 at The Mindfulness Centre, 33 Lr Pembroke St. Cost: €30

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.

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.

Launch of Spanish Affair : CD by Shirley McClure and friends

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.

Launch of Bray Now and Then

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 2014, 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.

Email Shirley McClure