Force 12 writers weekend line up confirmed

The Mayo County Council arts office has announced the exciting line-up for the 2009 Force 12 Writers’ Weekend which is taking place this year from Friday June 12 to Sunday June 14 in Belmullet. Patrick Cotter will direct the weekend, with a host of well-known writers including Billy Ramsell, Clare Wigfall, John Corless, Liz O’Donaghue, Paula Meehan, Theo Dorgan, William Wall, and writer in residence Éilís Ní Dhuibhne. The weekend is dedicated to visiting writers’ groups and it will provide a great opportunity for Mayo writers to interact with groups from all over the country.

The weekend is designed to be an informal and relaxed event. It allows a platform for unpublished writers to read from their work and also to meet other writers to discuss writing. On Saturday morning and afternoon there will be workshop opportunities in poetry, creative non-fiction, short story, and reading in public. There will be readings by professional guest writers on the Friday and Saturday evenings with participating writers’ groups on the Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. The readings on Sunday will be followed by a farewell lunch.

This event is organised by Mayo County Council Arts Service and is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland. Attendance at all events is free. Places at the workshops are limited, so it is essential to book by Friday June 5. If you wish to attend any of the events or require further information please contact: Mayo County Council Arts Office at 094 9024444, ext 7558 and 7560, or [email protected]


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