Doolin Writers’ Weekend programme announced

Doolin Writers’ Weekend programme announced


writers_wkend_logoOne of Ireland’s fastest growing annual literary festivals has announced its final line-up of participants.

Donal Ryan
Donal Ryan

One of Ireland’s fastest growing annual literary festivals has announced its final line-up of participants.

The Doolin Writers’ Weekend in Doolin, County Clare, takes place from March 27 to 29th.

Organised by Hotel Doolin, the third annual festival features workshops and readings by some of Ireland’s leading writers, including Booker Prize nominee Donal Ryan, playwright, screenwriter and director Peter Sheridan, poet Dave Lordan, and award-winning novelist and short-story writer, Christine Dwyer Hickey.

Other contributors include singer John Spillane, Hennessy Award winning writer Madeleine D’Arcy, author Catherine Dunne, writer Anthony Glavin, and poets Stephen Murray, Eleanor Hooker and Graham Allen.

“We look forward to welcoming some of Ireland’s top writers back to Doolin next month, explained event organiser and Doolin Hotel General Manager, Donal Minihane.

“We’ll have readings from Donal Ryan, Christine Dwyer Hickey, Dave Lordan, workshops from Catherine Dunne, Madeleine D’Arcy, Anthony Glavin, as well as singer songwriter John Spillane, theatre with Peter Sheridan, a workshop with publishing whirlwinds Tramp Press, a photo exhibition by Hanne T. Fisker and a plethora of local trad musicians, our own Dooliner Beer and some of North Clare’s finest food to keep the whole thing moving,” he added.

The Weekend also features the third annual Doolin Poetry & Short Story Competition, which Hotel Doolin is hosting in association with Tramp Press and Salmon Poetry, has announced details of the competition which for the first time includes a poetry contest having previously focused solely on short stories.

The prize fund for First Place in each both competitions is €1000, while the winners will also receive a publishing consultation with Tramp Press (short story) and Salmon Poetry (poetry).

The Poetry Competition, the closing date for which is Monday 2 March, will be judged by poet Jessie Lendennie, who is the founder and Managing Editor of Salmon Poetry.  Novelist and short story writer Éilís Ní Dhuibhne is this year’s Short Story judge.

For further details on the Doolin Writers’ Weekend and to download an entry form for the Doolin Poetry & Short Story Competition visit:

Doolin Writers’ Weekend 2015 programme:
Friday 27th March
8.00pm – Opening talk by Donal Ryan and announcement of Winner Of Doolin Short Story Competition
9:00pm – Book launch
10:00pm – Intimate gig with John Spillane

Saturday 28th March
10am-2pm – Workshop: Advanced Fiction with Madeleine D’Arcy; Workshop: A Novel Idea with Catherine Dunne; Workshop: Poetry with Dave Lordan; Workshop: Song-writing with John Spillane
2:30pm-5:30pm – Cliffs of Moher walk from Doolin with local farmer Pat Sweeney; Poetry recital at the Cliffs
3pm – 5.30pm – The Writers’ Tent: Readings and music with Eoin O’Neill and very special guests Christine Dwyer Hickey, Dave Lordan, Eleanor Hooker, Graham Allen, Éilís Ní Dhuibhne and more.
8pm – 9:30pm – Theatre Club: An Evening with Peter Sheridan
10pm – Late – Trad Session

Sunday 30th March
10am – 2pm – Workshop: Beginners Fiction with Anthony Glavin; Workshop: Publishing with Tramp Press; Workshop: Writing about family or local history with Marion Reynolds
7pm – 9.30pm – Trad Session in Fitz’s Bar

All Weekend
Photography Exhibition with Hanne T Fisker- ‘Storm & Still through the eyes of a Viking’
Arts & Crafts Fair in Hotel Doolin/Marquee

Workshops or Events can be booked with Hotel Doolin at 065-7074111 /