Dave Lordan of The Bogmans Cannon to Judge Doolin Writers Weekend Poetry Comp 2016

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Hotel Doolin has announced details of the Doolin Writers Competition 2016.

Entries are now being invited for short stories and poems ahead of the closing date of February 5th 2016.

Dave Lordan will judge the poetry competition and Anthony Glavin will judge the Short Story with €1000 and publication in Banshee Literary Journal up for grabs for the overall winner of each category.

Meanwhile, Hotel Doolin has confirmed the weekend of the 4th-6th March for the 4th annual Doolin Writers’ Weekend, which will again play host to some of the country’s leading writers. Joseph O’Connor will launch this year’s Writers’ Weekend with the final line-up of participating poets and writers will to be announced in early January.

‘This festival presents a great opportunity for aspiring writers as well as literary fans and established authors to get together and mix,” explained Donal Minihane, Event Organiser and Hotel Doolin General Manager.

He continued: “Anne Enright, Irelands Laureate of Fiction, has previously said there is no VIP room in Irish Literature and this is especially true for the Doolin Writers’ Weekend. One of the key aspects of the Festival for us is that it has the feel of a community. It’s early days yet, but there is already a great sense that people will join us here every year and just pick up where things left off with audiences and artists feeling at one and just enjoying the communal spirit of the weekend.”

‘Doolin has long been associated with the arts, providing inspiration for musicians, painters & writers,” added Mr. Minihane. “Many of the greats spent time in Doolin, including JM Synge, George Bernard Shaw, Dylan Thomas, Augustus John and Oliver St. Gogarty. Post-crash Ireland is on the cusp of a new literary boom and we look forward to welcoming a new wave of bold and original writers to Doolin.”

About the Doolin Writers Competition 2016 Judges:

Dave Lordan, renowned writer, teacher, editor and creativity-in education advocate, is the first writer to have won all three of Ireland’s national prizes for young poets. Southword, the magazine of the Munster Literature Centre called him ‘a master of the sound and rhythm of language’ while the Irish Times found his work to be ‘as brilliant on the page as it must surely be in performance’. His most recent publications are the ‘preposterously original’ short fiction collection First Book of Frags and, as editor, the groundbreaking New Planet Cabaret Anthology in association with RTE Arena. As well as the WCLF, Dave has recently provided workshops for RTE, the Irish Film Institute, Dublin City Libraries, Ledbury Poetry Festival, Courthouse Arts Centre, The Irish Countrywomen’s Association, Hospital Youthreach, Youthspeaks, Children’s Books Ireland and numerous others.

Anthony Glavin was editor of ‘New Irish Writing’ in the Irish Press from 1986-88, and a commissioning editor with New Island Books from 1994-2004. Author of two short story collections, One for Sorrow and The Draughtsman & The Unicorn, he has also written a critically acclaimed novel, Nighthawk Alley. Anthony’s second novel Colours Other Than Blue(Ward River Press) is due out March 2016

Visit http://www.doolinwritersweekend.com for further information or to enter the Doolin Writers Competition 2016.

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