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All- Ireland Poetry Day 2011 in Mayo

All Ireland Poetry Day this year takes place on October 6th 2011 and Mayo County Council Arts Office & Library Service are delighted to announce that on the day mayo writers will have the opportunity to take part in Poetry Snack workshops at Castlebar Library on the day.

Poetry Snack workshops offer writers an opportunity to bring along a poem-in-progress for feedback.  Martin Dyar & Susan Millar DuMars will be at Castlebar Library from 3pm until 6pm to offer one to one responses to individual poets about their poems and to engage with whatever other queries they might have.

Each one to one session will run for 15 minutes and must be booked in advance.  Please book on 094-9047558 or 094-9047936. 


Martin Dyar is originally from Swinford. His poetry has received the Strokestown International Poetry Award, the In Sight of Raftery Award and the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award. Last year, Martin was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series and received an Arts Council Bursary Award in Literature. He has a PhD in English from TCD, where he currently teaches Medical Humanities.


Susan Millar DuMars’ debut poetry collection, Big Pink Umbrella, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2008.  Her next collection, Dreams for Breakfast, appeared in 2010.  Her work features in Landing Places, Dedalus’ 2010 anthology of immigrant poetry written in Ireland; and also in The Best Of Irish Poetry 2010.  A fiction writer as well, she published a collection of short stories, Lights In The Distance, with Doire Press in 2010.  She has been the recipient of an Arts Council Literature Bursary.  Susan teaches creative writing to adults and to groups with special needs.  She lives in Galway, where she and her husband have run the Over the Edge readings series since 2003.  Susan is currently at work on her third poetry collection, The God Thing, to be published in early 2013 by Salmon.


There will also be Open mic poetry sessions in the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar and Ballina Library.  Both events start at 8pm.  Please contact these venues directly for more information T: Linenhall Arts Centre 094-9023733 and Ballina Library 096-70833. 


Booking & Info

Booking for the poetry snack workshops: 094-9047558 or 094-9047936
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Posted: 16/09/2011

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