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Open the Door to Writing

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Carolann Copland

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Niamh Roche shares the moment when she opened the door to writing…

A bright September morning. Newly fallen leaves crunch under foot as we walk the familiar route on the first day back to school. A child’s voice rings out in the crisp air. She sings just because she is happy. Her joy demands acknowledgement. Carolann comments. I reply. We fall into step and easy conversation. A chance encounter or the hand of fate.


The Gate to Carousel

Four weeks later I find myself driving up the mountain road to join Carousel and my first ever writing group. I am excited not nervous. Carolann greets me at the door and ushers me inside. It is warm and welcoming, candles burn and the fire glows. Introductions are made, the poet, the storyteller, the international man of mystery and, of course, the novice. You know who you are! We gather around the large writing table pens at the ready, on that first night a group of strangers with a shared interest. Ten weeks later strangers have become friends.


Let the coffee and the writing flow.

Wednesday nights become the highlight of my week. My family watch bemused. I can’t wait to hear the latest scribbling’s of my classmates. I listen in awe of their talent. They inspire me. I realise how little I know but how much I want to learn. And we do learn. Each week a new topic. We are guided, encouraged and tutored by Carolann in her gentle manner. She is part of the group, never outside it. The love she has for her craft is obvious and infectious.

The large picture windows

The large picture windows

The ten weeks have flown by, played out in front of the ever changing vista enjoyed from the large picture window in the writing room, a vista immortalised forever in the magical words of Jack’s tribute.

Words in waiting

Words in waiting

What has Carousel meant to me? It is a baby step, the pushing open of a door to look into a new world, a world of books and words, of imagination and creativity. Moreover it is the meeting of new people, making new friends, the sharing and exchanging of ideas and views. It is a peaceful place of Carolann’s creation.


Next course of Creative Writing entitled Writing for Life starts on the 15th of May. 

Niamh is coming back for more…

If you would like to share Niamh’s experience and climb aboard the carousel…

Contact: Carolann Copland. 0861923613

Or see website: http://www.carousel-creates.com/#/adult-workshops/4562092994

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