@ The Molly Keane House - WRITERS' RETREATS, READINGS, WORKSHOPS AND MASTERCLASSES

The Molly Keane House is located in the seaside village of Ardmore overlooking the bay. Her daughter Virginia Keane Brownlow has made the house available for aspiring, emerging and professional writers to attend workshops, masterclasses and retreats through the Molly Keane Writers Retreats, in a nurturing and inspiring environment where Molly Keane wrote her Booker-shortlisted novel -- Good Behaviour. 


At Molly Keane's House by Thomas McCarthy

When you lift the gate and walk down the steps into Molly Keane’s house in Ardmore you know you are coming down into a creative lair, into an eagle’s nest, into a writer’s heaven. I descend into a pillow of voices, an atmosphere that is thick with the scent of white roses, with the memories of some of the loveliest days of my youth. There is old Brigadier FitzGerald before me, happy to have another lost novel of Molly’s in his hand, impatient for Molly’s signature, impatient to get down to a right good gossip about the residents of the Blackwater valley; there is Hurd Hatfield, always hovering, ready to be charming or morose (depending upon whether a visitor remembers who he is), there is Hero, yapping, sniffling in Molly’s arms. But when you enter this house it is not just the place of personal memory: it is the house as a writer’s working space, the house as workshop where the work gets done. Here is a place to come to in County Waterford if you want to attend to the writer’s task. There is light for reading, spectacular light off the sea, but there are corners for hiding in, corners of memory where the ectoplasm of a poem or a story might grow into life. This house in Ardmore will always have a special place in my heart; an ambitious place, a place where to walk down the steps is to re-emerge into a clearing in the forest of mere general ideas, to reach an atmosphere where the task of writing becomes the great task of one’s life. ‘Writing is sheer hell,’ Molly agreed with my wife Catherine one afternoon long ago, ‘but it has to be done.’ There are few writers who carried the task of writing with such grace and determination as Molly Keane. She is a beacon and exemplar to all of us who wish to complete that one thing we were born to do: to write, for ourselves if not for others.  When I walk through this house now, remembering the voices, remembering her voice most especially, I am full of the hope that a day set aside for writing brings. You will feel it all too: the tack-room, the yard, the cut flowers, the waiting pen and paper.

                                                        Thomas McCarthy


Writing Bursaries available for Ardmore Writers Retreat

Writing Bursaries available for Ardmore Writers Retreat

The Arts Office, Waterford City & County Council is offering Waterford Writers’ the opportunity to attend the Molly Keane Writers Retreat in Ardmore, Co. Waterford free of charge. A number of bursaries are on offer for the outdoor based three day writing retreat ‘Stories in the Sand’ with Lani O’ Hanlon from 21st to 23rd August 2020 inclusive.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Tuesday 21st July 2020. The application form and more details are available on waterfordarts.com and waterfordcouncil.ie

Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2020


COVID-19 UPDATE: MOLLY KEANE CREATIVE WRITING AWARD 2020

Closing date extended to May 1st.

Presentation arrangements have changed also in line with new restrictions and advice meaning the winner does  not have to attend the presentation in person.