Eileen Sheehan takes up poetry residency

The Bealtaine writer in residence, Eileen Sheehan, began her residency on Poetry Day, Thursday last, with an event at the Kerry Writers' Museum in Listowel.

Lovers of literature gathered on Thursday evening to share poems and start conversations. "It was a lovely, relaxed atmosphere,and a great start to the residency," Eileen said.

This was the first event of several that will take place at the Writers' Museum throughout the month of May to celebrate Bealtaine, the festival of creativity for older people.

As well as focussing on her own writing, Eileen will facilitate a number of free workshops for people over 55. All the workshops will be based at the Writers' Museum.

On Tuesday, May 7, from 2pm - 4.30pm, Eileen will host a creative writing workshop around the folklore, traditions and personal memories associated with the month of May.

On Friday, May 10, from 10.30am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.30pm, Eileen invites people to bring their 'troublesome children' - pieces of writing that are giving trouble - and work on them through discussion and feedback. To book a place on either the morning or afternoon sessions please contact info@kerrywritersmuseum.com or ring (068)22212.

On Tuesday, May 14, from 10.30am to 1pm people with little or no writing experience can join a beginners' workshop, while on Friday, May 17, at 1pm Eileen will give a workshop on Ekphrastic poetry - using art work and objects and Writers' Rooms as starting points to inspire poems.

Further events will be announced but for bookings and enquiries on these free workshops contact info@kerrywritersmuseum.com or ring (068)22212.