Creative writing MA students M.F.Whitney and Claire Zwaartman are the leading lights behind a totally new west Cork festival of food and literature. The inaugural “Allihies Inspires” festival which will take place July 6-8, is an eclectic mix of workshops, readings, walks, music and food and is being run in conjunction with the Allihies Coastal Education Hub.https://www.facebook.com/allihieshub/
Writers Claire Keegan, Leanne O’Sullivan, Theo Dorgan, Paula Meehan, Tony Curtis and Anita Brohail will be reading and artists Tim Goulding, Sheena Dempsey and Bill Griffin will be talking about their work. There will be writing workshops and guided tours, including the historic Allihies Copper Mine, pictured above, plus several lunches and seafood suppers
M.F. and Claire dreamed up the festival as part of the Business of Writing module, which requires students to do a placement with a literary/cultural organisation during their MA. They’ve gone one better – they’ve started their very own event. We hope it becomes a fixture on west Cork’s cultural calendar.
For further programming details see : http://www.AllihiesInspires.org