Thursday 31st October & Friday 1st November
It is the time of the year when the world of the living becomes entangled with the world of the dead - but the world of the dead is a complicated place, peopled not only by the spirits of the departed, but also with a host of gods, fairies and other creatures of uncertain nature.
Poets often write about the things that haunt them, about the idea of being haunted.
We will begin this workshop by looking at Pagan, Christian and other religions concepts of ‘ghosts’ and examine poems where poets address these ideas.
The second part of the first workshop will allow participants to begin to write towards their own poem of haunting.
On the second day of the workshop we will look at the poems that have been written and allow for feedback and reflection.
About the Tutor
Moyra Donaldson is a published poet with over twenty years of facilitation experience. She has taught creative writing through a wide range of organisations; academic, literary and community and has been a constant champion for new voices.
She is a mentor and creative writing facilitator for the Irish Writers Centre and mentor for Words Ireland and has mentored poets working towards a first collection. She has worked as an external assessor for the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and has been a judge in the Seamus Heaney Poetry Award, the Mairtin Crawford Award and the Brian Moore Short Story Competition.
Moyra has a BA in English Language and Literature and has won awards for both her poetry and short stories. She has six collections of poetry and is published and has read at Festivals in the UK, America, Australia and Europe. Her work is widely anthologised.
Moyra is particularly interested in helping individuals to find their own voice and believes in encouraging both inspiration and craft in the writing process. Supportive in their design, Moyra’s classes also encourage personal and creative development. She has a wide-ranging knowledge of the literary scene, outlets for publication and other opportunities.