Friday 3 February 2017

Doolin Writers' Weekend 2017

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Doolin Writers' Weekend, which starts today (Friday, 3 February) and runs until Sunday, is now in its fifth year. It claims to offer "an eclectic mix of workshops, readings, music and food and has something for every level of writer, from beginners to expert wordsmiths and lovers of literature alike."

Hotel Doolin is the venue once again. Doolin is a coastal village in north County Clare. It has long been a popular tourist destination, situated as it is close to natural wonders such as the Aran Islands, the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren. It also claims a long association with the arts, "providing inspiration for musicians, painters and writers. Many of the greats spent time in Doolin, including JM Synge, George Bernard Shaw, Dylan Thomas, Augustus John and Oliver St. Gogarty."

Writers who will be making their way to this years festival include Mike McCormack, Sara Baume, Rita-Ann Higgins, Alan McMonagle, Karl Parkinson.
"It's a great opportunity for aspiring writers as well as literary fans and established authors to get together and mix. As Anne Enright, Irelands Laureate of fiction says, 'there is no VIP room in Irish Literature,' and this is true also for the Doolin Writers’ Weekend. One of the key aspects of the festival for us is that it has the feel of a community, with people joining us here every year and just picking up where things left off; audiences and artists feeling at one and enjoying the communal spirit of the weekend." - Donal Minihane, Event Organiser, Hotel Doolin

A total prize fund of €2500 will be disbursed when winners of the Doolin Writers' Competition are announced.

Further information, including details of how to get there, are available from Hotel Doolin's website.

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