Supported by Waterford City and County Arts Office, our not for profit educational and process-based workshops and retreats are facilitated by highly accomplished, serious writers, poets, editors and authors focused on the nature of the creative process and the writing craft, supporting beginning and emerging writers to bring their writing to the high level needed for publication and professional readings. As well as working with professional writers on their creative process at every stage.  With writer in residence, Lani O' Hanlon, past facilitators include, Louis de Paor, Thomas McCarthy, Grace Wells, Nuala O' Connor, Mark Roper, Gerard Smyth, Paula Meehan and Don Share. 


With Thomas McCarthy

CREATING THE ESSENTIAL POEM, 2020 This year, the first year of what will hopefully be a decade of unstoppable creativity for all of us – this year, we will concentrate on making one essential, achieved poem at a time. Full of the drive and momentum of a new decade in our own writing lives, we’ll delve deeply into that essential poem we can really make if we really make the effort. The TEXT will be everything at our two workshops – Spring and Autumn – in 2020: your TEXT, what you have written down, LINE BY LINE. This year we will dedicate ourselves to close and deep reading of each other’s poems; we will search for line-by-line meanings, for clarity and story. What does your poem tell us, how have you manipulated language to communicate your narrative, your insight, fully and sharply? This year, 2020 at Molly Keane House we’ll build a deliberate and considered picture of ourselves poem by poem, line by line. Bring at least three poems to the first workshop.

Payment 10 Lyrics€286 - deposit 100 Please pay deposit and/or full fee by 30th of March 2020

Enquiries and Request for Booking Form mollykeanewritersretreats@gmail.com


Thomas McCarthy was born in Cappoquin, Co. Waterford in 1954 and educated locally and at University College Cork where he was Auditor of the English Literature Society. He has published many collections of poetry, including The First Convention, The Sorrow Garden, Lost Province, Merchant Prince and The Last Geraldine Officer. He has also published two novels, Without Power and Asya and Christine as well as two works of non-fiction, Gardens of Remembrance and Out of the Ashes. His Pandemonium was published by Carcanet Press in 2016 and was short-listed for the Irish Times/Poetry Now Award. He is a member of Aosdána, the Irish Assembly of artists and writers. He has won the Patrick Kavanagh Award, the Alice Hunt Bartlett Prize and the O’Shaughnessy Prize for Poetry as well as the Ireland Funds Annual Literary Award. He worked as estate gardener for a grandson of the Duke of Leinster while he was in secondary school and college. After graduation he joined the staff of Cork City Libraries where he remained for more than three decades. A member of the International Writing Programme at the University of Iowa in 1978/79, he was also International Professor of English at Macalester College, Minnesota in 1994/95. He is a former Editor of Poetry Ireland Review and The Cork Review. An enthusiastic mentor of new poets, he has conducted workshops at Listowel Writers’ Week, Munster Literature Centre, Molly Keane House, Arvon Foundation (Lumb Bank), Portlaoise Prison (Provisional IRA Wing), Macalester College and Carlow University (Pittsburgh).. His poetry has been translated into Russian, Italian, Chinese, French and many other languages. His work appears in more than thirty anthologies of Irish poetry, most notably Penguin Book of Contemporary Irish Poetry, Contemporary Irish Poetry (California University Press), An Anthology of Irish Poetry ( Harvard University Press) and The Wake Forest Series of Irish Poetry: Volume II (Wake Forest University Press). 

An Evening Reading with Carlo Gébler and a Morning Workshop

On Sat 6 June (8.00) Carlo Gébler will read from his two most recent publications, Aesop’s Fables, the Cruelty of the Gods and Folk Tales of Fermanagh. Both of these books are new and radical versions of material which already exists. As well as reading from these books Carlo Gébler will talk about the process of re-working, re-using and re-purposing found literary material. On Sunday 7 June 2020 Carlo Gébler will conduct a workshop devoted to solving your problems - literary, financial, marital or any other kind of problem you have. Just roll up and have your questions ready and you can be as frank as you want. If you come with a manuscript that’s fine: you can talk about the kinks and infelicities in the manuscript in the workshop: however, Carlo Gébler cannot read your material either before, during or after the workshop.

Carlo GéblerCarlo Gébler was born in Dublin in 1954 and lives outside Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. His most recent publications (all from New Island) include The Wing Orderly’s Tales, a collection of stories told by a prison orderly, The Projectionist, the Story of Ernest Gébler, a biography of his father, The Innocent of Falkland Road, a novel set in London in the 1960s, and Aesop’s Fables, the Cruelty of the Gods (a collaboration with the artist Gavin Weston) and (published by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council) Folk Tales of Fermanagh (a collaboration with the Irish language writer Seamas McCanny), a collection of folk tales based on material from County Fermanagh lodged in the National Folklore Commission. He is currently working on a biography of Oedipus as written by the Theban king’s daughter, Antigone. Carlo Gébler has been a prison teacher since 1991: currently he work in Hydebank College (formerly Hydebank Young Offenders’ Centre) where he helps to run ’The Saturday Club’ which is for young offenders and female prisoners, and in HMP Maghaberry where he works with prisoners serving long sentences. He also teaches at Trinity and the American College, Dublin. He is a member of Aosdana.

Booking and Enquiries mollykeanewritersretreats@gmail.com

Evening Reading €15 Workshop and Reading €75 


Author photograph by Euan Gébler

With Lani O' Hanlon TIME TO WRITE

Whether you have a project that needs to be finished, are just starting out, or floundering somewhere in the middle, this focused three-day retreat will give you space and time to concentrate on your own writing, moving through the blocks that can hinder your progress, at any stage of the creative process. Held in the cocoon of the Molly Keane Writers Retreat, Ardmore, with its famed and historic hospitality, and by Lani O' Hanlon's subtle, grounded, intuitive, creative support, we will meet each morning for a focused writing workshop 10am to 11.30am. We will then retreat for a concentrated writing hour and a half, meeting for a light lunch at 1.30pm. In the afternoons another hour and a half of concentrated writing or you are free to explore the beach, the garden or the cliff and dream into your project, before gathering for afternoon tea and another focused workshop. You will also avail of a one to one, forty-minute consultation.

Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd of August 2019 10.00 am to 5.30pm approx. Please start arriving at 9.30am for a 10am start

Payment -Time to Write [for 3 days] €250 - deposit €100, full payment by the 30th of May 2019 Booking Form and Enquiries mollykeanewritersretreats@gmail.com

Lani O' Hanlon is the author of DTR holistic well-being through movement (Mercier Press), a professional dancer, movement therapist and group facilitator she works in arts and health with the Waterford Healing Arts Trust and as a creative writing facilitator with the Arts Office, Libraries and the Artist/Teacher programme. She has an MA in creative writing from Lancaster University and was awarded a travel and training bursary to complete a first novel in 2017 which was prizewinner with the Irish Writers Centre's Novel Fair. Her poetry has been published in various journals and anthologies for example, Poetry, Poetry Ireland Review, The Stinging Fly, The Irish Times, Mslexia, Southword, Orbis, Poetry Ireland Review podcast broadcast on national radio RTE's Sunday Miscellany, Halleluiah for 50ft Women, Bloodaxe, Ten Poems for Breakfast Candlestick Press, The Lea-Green Down, Fiery Arrow, The Children of the Nation, Culture Matters. A first poetry chapbook 'The Little Theatre' was edited by Thomas McCarthy and funded by Artlinks 2018. HC for The Bridport Prize, HC Poetry on the Lake, a Hennessey New Irish Writing and William Allingham winner and with Film Director Fiona Aryan the 2019 first prize for The O'Bheal International Poetry Film. Poetry up-coming in Abridged and in the new Bloodaxe Anthology–Staying Human in Unreal Times in 2020. She is completing and revising a first collection.

















Photograph by Eileen O Flynn Hyland

Waterford City & County Council – Bursary for Molly Keane Writers Retreat - August 2020

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 non residential bursaries are on offer for a three day writing retreat ‘Time to Write’ with Lani O’ Hanlon from 16th to 18th August 2019 inclusive. The closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Monday 27th May 2019. ‘Time to Write’ with Lani O'Hanlon A three day writing retreat.

TERMS & CONDITIONS If you are successful in your application for a bursary from Waterford City & County Council you may be required to do the following: • Agree to the any photographs being used by Waterford City & County Council and the Molly Keane Writers Retreat for promotional purposes. • Submit a short report to Waterford City & County Council on your experience at the Molly Keane Writers Retreat before the end of August 2019. • Please note late applications will not be considered. • Hard copies only of applications will be considered to the stated address. • Emailed or Faxed applications are invalid. • Applicants must be currently resident within Waterford Council’s administrative area. If you have already secured a place on this course and paid a deposit, you can still apply for this bursary. If you are successful the Molly Keane Writers Retreat will refund any deposit/payments if the bursary assigned is a full one. It is at the discretion of the adjudicators as to what level of support is assigned and a partial bursary may be offered. The right remains not to assign a bursary. Closing Date for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Monday 27th May 2019 Waterford City & County Council - Bursary Application Form Molly Keane Writers Retreat ‘Time to Write’ August 2019 BLOCK CAPITALS PLEASE Name:__________________________________________________ Address: (Please note that you must be resident within Waterford’s administrative area to qualify) _____________________________________________________________ If you have been resident at this address for less than three years please give details of previous address _________________________________________ Phone: ________________ Email: ___________________________ Could financial constraints prevent you from attending the retreat week? If so, please give further information: ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ Have you previously received any bursary or support from Waterford City & County Council? Please list: (Year) ______________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ How do you expect your in the Molly Keane Writers Retreat could feed back into the literary activities in the Waterford? ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ On a separate sheet (please submit no more than one typed A4 page) outline details your literary interest/experience and how you feel attendance at this workshop will benefit you. Please tick if you wish to be considered for a partial bursary should you not be offered a full bursary  Bursary recipients will be announced at the Presentation of the Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2019 in Lismore Library on Saturday 15th June 2019 at 2pm. Please tick here if you are available to attend  Signing of this form means that you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of this scheme. Please note that the bursary will be paid directly to the Molly Keane Writers Retreat on the successful applicants behalf and is for a non residential bursary which does not include optional extras should they arise. I consent to the processing and sharing of my personal data to Waterford City & County Council and to external assessors for the purposes of this award only. I believe that this information will not be used for any other purposes. Signed: ______________________ Date: ___________________ Please return completed application forms to: Writing Bursary Application, Margaret Organ, Arts Officer, Waterford City & County Council, Civic Offices, Davitt’s Quay, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. Closing Date for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Monday 27th May 2019