The Limerick Writers’ Centre presents a series of creative writing classes, featuring poetry and short story for older people – aged 55 plus – an age group that is often underrepresented in literature and writing activities. Many people, people who may have missed out on things in their life will through their participation in this course express their hidden talents through creative writing. Specifically it seeks to encourage the creativity of senior citizens in the run up to Bealtaine 2017 and beyond.

The workshops

In conjunction with the Limerick Writers’ Centre and supported by Bealtaine 2017, the facilitator, award-winning poet Ron Carey, will give friendly and personal support to each participant. At the end of the course Limerick Writers’ Centre will give consideration to publishing a book featuring the work produced. The book would be published in May during Bealtaine Festival 2017.

The workshops will be held at the Limerick Writers’ Centre, 12 Barrington Street, Limerick.

Dates: Sat 22nd April – Sat 20th May 2017 10.30am to 12.30pm

Fees for the 5 week course are €80 (€70 concession). Booking essential. Details limerickwriterscentre@gmail.com or Tel 087 2996409 .

Limerick Writers’ Centre, 12 Barrington St., Limerick

The Facilitator

Ron Carey only began to write poetry seriously in his 60’s. He is a prize-winning poet and a finalist in many national and international poetry competitions including The Bridport Prize, Lightship International Poetry Prize, Cinnamon Press Poetry Awards, Fish International Poetry Prize, Gregory O’ Donoghue International Poetry Awards, Hugh O’Flaherty Poetry Award, iYeats Poetry Prize and the Wasafiri New Writing Prize for Poetry. His poems have appeared in many anthologies and magazines and he was a featured poet at the Hunt Museum in Limerick for Cuisle 2013. In 2015 he received a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of South Wales. In 2016 he was Highly Commended in the Patrick Kavanagh Award and his debut collection ‘DISTANCE’ was shortlisted for the Forward Prize Best First Collection UK and Ireland.

‘Really proud to be part of this initiative from Limerick Writers’ Centre, in cooperation with The Bealtaine Festival 2017, Ireland’s national celebration of creativity as we age. During May, all over the country, Bealtaine events are running in arts centres, theatres, libraries, galleries, community centres, local halls, care setting, cultural spaces and even out in the open air! As part of this celebration, LWC will be running a Creative Writing Workshop for Senior Citizens facilitated by me.

Bealtaine have commissioned me to write a poem for the 2017 Festival on the theme ‘All Together Now’ and the poem will get its first airing in May. I will be reading the poem at the Limerick City Gallery of Art on May 11th at Maeve Kelly’s event called Rebel Yell and on May 25th at Poetry Ireland for ‘The Beauty of It,’ which is part of the International Literature Festival in Dublin’