Allingham 2015 presents a range of workshops and seminars for all lovers of the written word.

Denise Blake: Writing from Memory - Sat. 7th Nov, 11.30am, Dorrian's Hotel

Explore the craft of memoir and writing for publication with one of Donegal's best-known writers and workshop leaders. Pre-booking recommended.

Her poetry collections, "Take a Deep Breath" and "How to Spin Without Getting Dizzy", were published by Summer Palace Press. She is widely published in poetry magazines. Her poem, Invocation, was recently published in the Irish Times. Denise is a regular contributor to Sunday Miscellany, RTE Radio 1. She is on Poetry Ireland's directory of writers and facilitates writing workshops in schools and with adult groups.


Manchán Magan: Seminar - Sat. 7th Nov, 2pm, Dorrian's Hotel

Conversational Seminar with Manchán Magan. Discuss travel writing, documentary filmmaking, and the creative life with one of Ireland's best-known travel writers. He is also the founder and chief spokesperson of Gaeilge Tamagotchi, a programme to promote the use of “endangered” Irish words that are slipping away from public understanding.


Manchán Magan is a writer and documentary-maker. He has written books on his travels in Africa, India and South America and two novels. He writes occasionally for The Irish Times and has presented and produced dozens of documentaries focusing on issues of world culture for TG4, RTE and the Travel Channel. He has written award-winning plays and articles for the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and the

Jane Clarke: Poetry Seminar - Sat. 7th Nov, 11.30am, Dorrian's Hotel

Discuss poetry and the challenges of the writing life with one of rising stars in Ireland's world of poetry.

Roscommon-born Wicklow resident Jane Clarke has won the Listowel Writer’s Week Poetry Collection Prize (2014), the Trocaire/Poetry Ireland Competition (2014), Poems for Patience (2013), iYeats (2010) and Listowel Writers Week (2007). She holds a BA in English and Philosophy from Trinity College, Dublin and an MPhil in Writing from the University of South Wales. Her poems have been published widely, including The Irish Times, Irish Independent, Rialto, The North, Agenda, Southword, The Stinging Fly, The Shop, and Cyphers. Her first collection, The River, is published by Bloodaxe Books.

Children's Writing Workshop with Olive Travers - Sat. 7th Nov, 11.30am, Coláiste Cholmcille


Olive Travers was the winner of the 2011 Allingham Arts Festival Best Writer award. She has contributed to the Irish Times Health Supplement and the RTÉ Sunday Miscellany programme. Olive has over 25 years of experience working creatively with young people and will be facilitating a children’s writing workshop during the festival.


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