creative writing

Bernadette Boland reading Farewell to Chico

My name is Bernadette Boland. I was born in Ballymun and now living in Glasnevin. I want to share my thoughts with you.

Poems by Bernadette O'Reilly

My name is Bernadette O’Reilly and I’m from Finglas and I’ve been writing since 1980. My first poem is called "Evoke".


I remember the conkers shiny and new
I remember the net for tadpoles
I remember the bees in the jam jar
the nature table in school
Most of all I remember you

Poems by Seán O'Donoghue

My name is Seán O'Donoghue.  I live in Ballymun and I wrote the first poem last week and I wrote the second poem in 1983 in the middle of the troubles. 

Culture Night 2008 at Dublin City Library & Archive

As part of Culture Night, 19 September 2008 a group of new writers read from their work at Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street.  You can read more of their work in Sixteen after Ten, an anthology of writing by students from the Oscar Wilde Centre and Blaiseadh Pinn : Nuascríbhneoireacht Ghaeilge, by members of Scríbhneoirí Óga and published by Cois Life.

The Oscar Wilde Centre, Trinity College Dublin opened in January 1998 as the teaching and research centre for M.Phil. in Irish Writing and the M.Phil. in Creative Writing. Sixteen after Ten is a significant milestone in the writing life of its contributors. Students from the centre reading on Culture Night were Niall Duff, Philip St. John, Mary Turley-McGrath, Phyl Herbert, Carmen Cullen, Andrew Fox and Emily Firetog.

Scríbhneoirí Óga is Úra na Gaeilge was founded in 2007 to cultivate new Irish-language literature. Its members are young and have diverse literary interests including drama and poetry. Reading on Culture Night were Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh, Caitríona Ní Chléirchín, Majella McDonnell, Ríona Nic Congáil, Ruth Nic Giolla Iasachta and Scott de Buitléir.

Readers and musicians from Culture Night 2009

Writing for Children Tips and Advice Session

Writing for ChildrenBarry Cunningham and Mary Byrne presented a tips and advice session aimed at writers of children's literature in Dublin City Library and Archive on 23 February 2008. The practical advice centred on elements of successful children's literature and the publishing and marketing process. In association with the Verbal Arts Centre in Derry.

Mary Byrne worked in the children's publicity department of Puffin for years and she is now a PR consultant specialising in children's books. She plans campaigns for children's writers such as Cornelia Funke, Darren Shan, Cathy Hopkins, Derek Landy and Kate Thompson. She works closely with The Chicken House, Harper Collins and Picadilly Press.