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On The Trail of Colmcille/Columba

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Ben Simmons

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For anyone interested in combining poetry with local history and folklore, The Song House in Co. Donegal is hosting a series of online workshops that explore the craft of writing through the legacy of Colmcille (St. Columba).

Hosted by Annemarie Ní Churreáin and Charlie Gracie, these workshops are part of an international celebration of the 6th century abbot and poet.  The Colmcille 1500 celebrates the historical, cultural and linguistic connections between Scotland, Ireland and beyond.

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 from the Irish Arts Council of The Next Generation Award and a co-recipient of The Markievicz Award. Annemarie has been granted literary fellowships by Akademie Schloss Solitude, Hawthornden Castle and Jack Kerouac House Orlando.

Charlie Gracie grew up in Baillieston, Glasgow. His poetry collections, Good Morning, (2010) and Tales from the Dartry Mountains (2020), were published by Diehard Press. His first novel, To Live With What You Are (2019) was published by Postbox Press. He has strong links to Donegal, Leitrim and Belfast. His new poetry pamphlet, Belfast to Baillieston, will be published in 2021.

This event is in three parts: 

Workshop 1: Mapping Colmcille: Exploring the Influence of Landscape

August 22nd, 7-10pm, 

Workshop 2: The Battle of the Book: Exploring Power & Conflict in the Story of Colmcille

September 12th, 7-10pm

Workshop 3: Making a connection with the story of Colmcille

October 10th, 7-10pm

This is a unique opportunity for writers and poetry enthusiasts to explore the importance of landscape in writing, how to draw inspiration from historical sources and learn about the cross-cultural legacy of Colmcille.

The Song House is offering several sponsored places for students in these workshops. Please email an expression of interest to info@thesonghouseireland.com

To book a place or find out more, visit The Song House website.

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