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A blog by Kate Dempsey

KATE DEMPSEY runs writing.ie's Poetic License blog and is our poetry guru. She is a writer and a blogger living in Maynooth. She writes fiction and non-fiction as well as poetry and is widely published in Ireland and abroad, in magazines, anthologies and on the radio. She fits this around her family and a full time job, writing on the sofa, on the train and in that little coffeeshop on the corner.

Poetry can be a solitary activity and she appreciates the support she received from the online community, particularly when starting out. She is excited about continuing the dialogue with her blog here.

You can follow Kate online, on Twitter and on Facebook.

What is Creativity?

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 7 April 2012.

Another in the occasional series on teaching creativity in the classroom by poet and teacher, Dave Lordan. There are, thankfully, many different definitions and viewpoints on creativity and on what purpose, if any, it should serve. Some (but not many) believe that creativity is essentially a kind of magic; inspired geniuses making something out of nothing by way of inexplicable, spontaneous acts of creation. This is the mini-god, or mini-me-of-god theory of the artist. Others...

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Guest Post From Emer Martin Of The Trinity Access Program

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 3 April 2012.

A fascinating project from the Trinity Access Project. “I never knew you could just walk in here, like.” A man said to me as we crossed the cobblestones of Trinity on the way to the Long Library where his son was launching his book. “I grew up in the flats on Pearse St. And I’ve never been in here.” He was looking around in amazement. There is something startling about Trinity College. Most local people...

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Creativity in the Classroom

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 1 April 2012.

The first in an occasional series of posts by the poet and teacher Dave Lordan about teaching creativity in the classroom to young writers. Today is my first day at work in my new role as Poetry Consultant with the MA in Poetry Studies at the Mater Dei Institute, a college of Dublin City University. Basically, my brief is to develop educational resources that will make the teaching, learning, and writing of poetry more accessible,...

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Poem for Mother’s Day

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 18 March 2012.

  While it Lasted One day when I was thirteen, my mother’s hands fell off. They rolled under the table, giving the cat a bit of a turn. We looked at them but they gave no sign, a couple of twitches and that was that. Mum stood at the chopping board as still as a goalpost. Dad made her lie on the chaise and put on the potatoes. She lay holding her bloody stumps high...

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Improbably Frequency

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 12 March 2012.

Did you know the poet John Betjeman, one time Poet Laurete was also a part time spy? In Dublin? In World War 2? No? Go and see Improbably Frequency, a ditzy Irish musical on at the Gaiety Theatre for the next two weeks. Presented by the acclaimed theatre group, Rough Magic and written by Arthur O’Riordan, Improbably Frequency has already won three Irish Times Theatre Awards including Best Production and Best Director. It transports you to WWII...

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Roger Gregg’s Muse Unbidden

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 3 March 2012.

Sarah Maria Griffin reports from the launch of The Muse Unbidden. “THE MUSE UNBIDDEN follows the journeys of self-discovery of several would-be poets enrolled in a Performance Poetry Workshop led by a charismatic unconventional Performance Poet. Using music and dream diaries, the hapless participants are cajoled into finding and surrendering to their personal Muses. As their Workshop progresses they travel a rollicking Odyssey of confession and self-revelation as they give voice to their obsessions, desires,...

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Interview with poet Barbara Smith

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 9 February 2012.

Barbara Smith was a recent reader at the Oxfam Spring into Poetry series in London. A first collection, Kairos, was published in 2007. Her work has been shortlisted and awarded prizes, such as at Scotland’s Wigtown Poetry Competition 2009 and the Basil Bunting Award to name a few. She is hard at work on the ‘dreaded’ second collection, ‘The Angel’s Share’, due this year. Hello Barbara and welcome to writing.ie. How did you first get...

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Interview with poet, Grace Wells

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 2 February 2012.

Formerly an independent video and television producer in her native London, Grace Wells moved to Ireland in 1991. For some years she taught creative writing and facilitated biography workshops for people with special needs. In 2001 she became Literature Officer with the South Tipperary Arts Centre, and for the next three years co-ordinated ‘Impressions, the South Tipperary Literature Festival’. Her first book, Gyrfalcon, a novel for children was published by the O’Brien Press in 2002. It...

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Interview with poet, Eleanor Hooker

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 26 January 2012.

Eleanor Hooker lives in NorthTipperary. She has a BA (Hons 1st) from the Open University, an MA (Hons.) in Cultural History from the University of Northumbria, and an MPhil in Creative Writing (Distinction) from Trinity College, Dublin. She was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series in 2011. Her poetry has been published in journals in Ireland and the UK. She is a founding member, Vice-Chairperson and PRO for the Dromineer Literary Festival. She is...

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Interview with poet, Leeanne Quinn

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 26 January 2012.

Leeanne Quinn was born in Drogheda in 1978. She studied at University College Dublin, University College Cork, and holds a PhD from Trinity College Dublin on the American writer Philip Roth. Her poems have been published in a variety of magazines including The SHOpand The Stinging Fly, and anthologised in The Bee-Loud Glade: a living anthology of Irish Poetry (Dedalus, 2011). She lives in Dublin. Before You (Dedalus Press) is her debut collection. Image copyright Monika Chmielarz Hello Leeanne and welcome to...

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