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Scríbhneoireacht & Litríocht


Barrett St, Ballina, Co. Mayo.

T: 096 73593





Tuesday 6th August and 3rd September

Ballina Arts Centrecontinues to offer locally-based writers an opportunity to be part of a new writers group for Ballina and North Mayo.  Led by Helen Falconer, this group is open to all types of writers (poets, playwrights, prose writers etc.) and no ‘experience’ is necessary. A contribution of €10 will be required from each participant.



Night Classes, Castlebar.

Mondays, September 2013 – December 2013

A series of twelve two-hour workshops dealing with all aspects of writing short radio plays - typically fifteen minutes long. The workshops will deal with radio drama from concept through to broadcast, including character and story development, writing, editing and re-editing. The workshops will focus on the unique challenges and opportunities presented by radio and at the end of the course, participants should have written a number of short radio plays.

When the course is completed, it is hoped to work with local radio stations to record and broadcast some/most of them. Ideally, students should have some previous writing experience.

This is an exciting opportunity for writers to see their ideas develop into the finished product of a recorded radio play.

The tutor isJohn Corlesswho has facilitated many creative writing courses in GMIT and elsewhere, for the past number of years. He is co-writer, with Liam Horan, of ‘The Pull’ a comedy play which is currently touring nationwide with HalfSolid Productions, in which John plays three characters. He plays a central role in the comedy ‘Con Concannon – Emerging Manager’ on RTE Radio One’s Sunday Sport Show. His debut poetry collection ‘Are you ready?’ was published by Salmon in 2009. His short plays include, comedies ‘The Interview,’ ‘Invitation To Dance’ and ‘Special Training.’ He has an MA in Creative Writing and is currently working on a PhD.

The course will run in Monday nights in Castlebar, from 7-9pm with the exception of Bank Holidays when it will run on either Wednesday or Thursday nights depending on room availability. Fee is €150. (Booking is essential as places are limited and booking deposits are required.) Bookings and enquiries to John Corless by E-Mail:


The Castlebar Writers Group meets every two weeks in The Linenhall, Castlebar at 8.30. Anyone who is or wishes to start writing in any genre is welcome and there is no entry fee. New members may simply sit-in on a meeting initially if they prefer and will be made welcome. Members read their work and are asked to bring copies wherever possible. Further information etc. from or 0871306942

Selected Programmes:

excel 2016

Mayo County Council's Youth Arts Programme  2016


Bealtaine 2016

Celebrating Creatibity as we Age – May 2016

Bealtaine 2016 cover 


John F. Deane

Mayo County Council Writer in Residence 2015

John F. Deane Mayo County Council Writer in Residence 2015


Culture Night 2016

Countywide programme of cultural events – 16th September

Facebook: Mayo Culture Night

Culture Night 2016

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