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Scribes and scholars to gather in Doolin

writers_wkend_logoScribes and scholars from all over Ireland and overseas will gather in County Clare this weekend for the 2015 Doolin Writers’ Weekend (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.

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.

Doolin, which was this week named by Tripadvisor in its Top 10 Irish Destinations list, has a lengthy association with some of the world’s most famous writers and artists, including J.R.R. Tolkien, J.M. Synge, CS Lewis, George Bernard Shaw, Dylan Thomas, Augustus John and Oliver St. John Gogarty, each of whom spent time in the village and wider North Clare area.

“The upcoming Festival affords a great opportunity for aspiring writers as well as literary fans and published authors to get together and celebrate everything that is good about Irish literature,” said 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,” stated Mr. Minihane.

For further details on the Doolin Writers’ Weekend visit: http://www.doolinwritersweekend.com.

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