Stonecoast in Ireland

Ted, Kathleen, Jeannie and Annie at Dingle Bookshop (1)

Ted, Kathleen, Jeannie and Annie at Dingle Bookshop

Reading in the Dingle BookshopThis July (2015)I had the great privilege of participating in the Dingle, Ireland summer residency for the Stonecoast Creative Writing Program of the University of Southern Maine, as an alumna of that program. There are two residencies offered in Ireland for up-to ten students each term; July and January. I was further privileged to co-host one of the workshops during that residency, with Jeanne Marie Beaumont, my former mentor at Stonecoast. The Ireland residencies are under the fine leadership of Ted Deppe and Annie Deppe.

In addition to the hard work of worshops for the students to advance their own work, the residencies feature daily lectures and evening readings by the faculty and by amazing guest Irish Writers. This residency we reveled in the wisdom and art of guest writers Harry Clifton, Kevin Barry, Angela Patten and Daniel Lusk, all of whom were most generous in their teaching and social interactions with us.

Dingle Bookshop readingI was also honored to give the first of the evening readings which take place in the Dingle Bookshop on Green Street. The readings are open to the public. And they came. Each evening the book store was filled with locals as well as the students in the residency program.

Being in Ireland was an amazing experience. I was able to go early and stay late, and over the next weeks I will be posting several short blogs about my experiences while getting to know a bit about this remarkable peninsula on the far western edge of the European continent. I will also post some more photos.

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