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Join us at The People’s Pavilion for an introduction to the Art & Craft of Writing Poetry with writer AnneMarie Ní Churreáin and The Stinging Fly hosted by Common Ground.

Where do poems come from? How can we begin to overcome the challenge of the blank page? Using as a springboard the real and imagined landscapes of our own lives, students will learn to identify resonant poetic themes, and to gain insights into the dynamics at play in a poem’s language, imagery, metaphor, subject and form. A key focus of this workshop is an invitation to consider the approach of Eavan Boland who said “poetry begins where certainty ends”. Here is an opportunity to explore, reveal and embrace the music and mystery of what you do not know! No previous experience of writing poetry required. Workshop activities will include creative prompts, close reading exercises, and discussion of works by contemporary poets.


All welcome to attend. Registration and booking essential as there are only 10 places please email [email protected]

Supported by Common Ground, The Stinging Fly, Dublin City Council, The Arts Council of Ireland.

AnneMarie Ní Churreáin

AnneMarie Ní Churreáin is a poet from the Donegal Gaeltacht. Her publications include Bloodroot (Doire Press, 2017) and Town (The Salvage Press, 2018). She is a recipient of the Next Generation Artist Award from the Irish Arts Council. Annemarie has been granted literary fellowships by Akademie Schloss Solitude, Hawthornden Castle and Jack Kerouac House Orlando. Her awards include the John Broderick Award and an Artist in Residence Bursary from The Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris. Alongside collaborators Kimberly Campanello and Dimitra Xidous, she is a co-recipient of the Markievicz Award. Most recently Annemarie was 2019-20 Writer in Residence at Maynooth University of Ireland.

The Stinging Fly

The Stinging Fly has been working since 1997 to seek out, publish and promote the very best new Irish and international writing. Alongside the magazine, published twice a year, The Stinging Fly now also publishes books, produces a regular podcast series, and runs a writer development programme.

Common Ground

Common Ground is an arts organisation based in Dublin 8. Since 1999, it has progressed a diverse cultural model that embraces the challenging social and economic realities of our neighbourhood locations and continues to challenge and change how access to the arts should not depend on where you’re born, your wealth or identity. For 20 years it has built up on the ground arts development knowledge with and through local partnerships. At the same time it has led on and supported artists practice in communities of place and interest. Common Ground is the new cultural tenant of the Lodge located at Goldenbridge Cemetery, Inchicore. Contact: [email protected]