Maria Edgeworth Festival
of Literature & Arts

As part of the Literary Festival we are offering workshops in Poetry writing, Short Story writing and Storytelling. Details of this year’s workshops are shown below. Clicking on the facilitator’s name will bring up a brief biography. Use the Book button to reserve a spot at a work shop.  

Victoria Kennefick, judge for Poetry Competition

Poet-in-Residence at the Yeats Society Sligo

Adjudicator for our 2024 Poetry Competition

Poetry Workshop

Date: Saturday 11th May 2024

Time: 11.00 a.m. – 01.00 p.m

Price: € 25 per person

Venue: The Green, Edgeworthstown N39 VW40

What this workshop covers: 

Sheila Forsey, judge for Short Story Competition

Novelist, playwright, and creative writing tutor

Adjudicator for our 2024 Short Story Competition

Short Story Workshop

Date: Saturday 11th May 2024

Time: 2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.

Price: € 25 per person

Venue: The Green, Edgeworthstown N39 VW40

What this workshop covers: –

This workshop will dive into the elements of the short story such as character, setting, voice, dialogue, plot, and structure. It will also explore how to unlock a well of inspiration from within which is the key to authenticity and originality within the prose. This is for anyone with an interest in writing. All you need to bring is a pen and paper.

The format of the workshop will be very relaxed in a nurturing and interactive environment interspersed with quiet time to capture your words. Each participant will leave with a handout on the craft of the short story, a learning of the process and inspiration to begin.

Orla McGovern story telling workshop

Storyteller, performer, writer, and facilitator

Story-telling Workshop

Date: Saturday 11th May 2024

Time: 10.30 a.m. – 01.30 p.m.

Price: € 25 per person

Venue: The Maria Edgeworth Centre, Edgeworthstown, N39 E3C8

What this workshop covers: –

Through this window, a story….
Join us for a three hour workshop, exploring the art of storytelling through the lens of improvisation.
We’ll ponder personal stories, marvel with myth, and tell the tales on the tip of our tongues.
Through creative exercises, we will make, shape and tell the stories that are right there, waiting to be heard.

Grateful appreciation to our sponsors

Poet Victoria Kennefick

Victoria Kennefick

Victoria Kennefick’s debut collection, Eat or We Both Starve (Carcanet, 2021), won the Seamus Heaney First Collection Poetry Prize and the Dalkey Book Festival Emerging Writer of the Year Award. It was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Costa Poetry Book Award, Derek Walcott Prize for Poetry and the Butler Literary Prize. A UCD/Arts Council of Ireland Writer-in-Residence 2023 and Poet-in-Residence at the Yeats Society Sligo, Victoria is also an editor for the online poetry journal, bath magg. Her second collection, egg/shell will be published by Carcanet Press in February 2024.

Autor Sheila Forsey

Sheila Forsey

Sheila Forsey is a writer and creative writing tutor from County Wexford. A deep interest in Ireland’s intricate past has led her to write historical fiction. She is a graduate from Maynooth University and Trinity College Dublin. She is the recipient of a literature bursary award from Wexford County Council and Artlinks. She has written three historical fiction novels and one contemporary novel, and her writing has reached the Irish Times Best Sellers list and her work has received many acclaimed reviews for giving a visual and textured insight into Ireland’s past.

She has a deep love of theatre and was a core member of the Watergate Theatre Company in Kilkenny for many years. Her love of theatre has also led her to playwriting and her most recent play was shortlisted for Scripts Playwrights Festival. She is the facilitator for creative writing workshops for Gorey Adult Education, Wexford Arts Centre, The Presentation Arts Centre, Wexford Local Development and WWETB – Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board. She is a writer in schools with Poetry Ireland funded by The Arts Council. She is a past curator for Wexford Literary Festival and has spoken at writing festivals throughout Ireland. Her first book of historical fiction – Kilbride House was selected to study as part of certain Transition groups as an insight into 1950’s Ireland. She is passionate about the importance of unearthing the forgotten stories and the forgotten voices. Her writing practice is influenced by Ireland’s windswept coastline, mountains, rivers, and ever-changing sky.

Orla McGovern story telling workshop

Órla Mc Govern

Órla Mc Govern is an award-winning storyteller, performer, writer, and facilitator.
She has written two books of folk tales, and her plays and other work has been produced around the world.
Órla works regularly as an actor and improvisor, and has told stories from the Finnish Forests to the Glens of Antrim. She is Artistic Director of Moth & Butterfly, a storytelling collective, with an annual festival, based in the West of Ireland.