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Write on - with Brian Leyden ONLINE


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Back by popular demand Brian Leyden conducts a new six-week series of writing workshops online packed with guidance, perceptive insights and practical knowhow on the writer’s craft and progressing your work. This course will be delivered over zoom.

Brian Leyden is an Irish novelist, short story writer, memoirist, playwright, screenwriter, librettist, and editor. He co-wrote the feature film, Black Ice, which premiered at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2013 and received an IFTA Best Actress nomination. His fiction and essays have been widely anthologised and broadcast on radio and he is a regular contributor to Sunday Miscellany. Awards include the Francis McManus Short Story Award and The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon Travel and Education Award. He is a recipient of a Norman Mailer Writers Colony Scholarship (USA) and several residencies within Ireland. Most recently he received the Arts Council of Ireland Covid-19 Response Award (2020). Hawkswell Theatre: Come Together (Writes and Composers, 2020) Hawkswell Theatre: People’s Poem: (2020) SLR Film Project Award (2018) with Atlantic Light Productions for script development for Summer of ’63.   Creative Ireland Award  (2018) script commission for the “Famine Attic” Carrick-on-Shannon, Co.  Leitrim.  “Walking Birds’ Mountain - Creative Ireland, Sligo and the Factory Theatre collaborative project (2018/2019) for the Tread Softly Festival.  He was Irish National Writer in Residence for the Bealtaine Festival 2016 and toured Ireland with his spoken word [music by Seamie O’Dowd Old Flames (2016). He has published essays in Winter Papers II ed Kevin Barry & Olive Smith (Curlew Editions 2016) Fermata: writings inspired by music, ed Vincent Woods & Eva Bourke (Artisan House, 2016): Writing the Sky: essays for Dermot Healy, ed Niall Murphy & Keith Hopper, (Dalkey Archive Press, 2016). Maugherow: A Much Wilder Place: (2019) for Bare Hazel & Tread Softly Festival, Sligo (2019). Recent engagements include the Easter Online Festival - hosted by Hawkswell Theatre Sligo (Easter Sunday 2020). Shorelines Festival,  Galway (2019); Tread Softly Festival, Sligo (2019); Miscellany 50 Live, Dublin (2018); Maria Edgeworth Literary Festival, 2018; Sunday Miscellany Live, Rolling Sun Festival Westport, (2017;) Meet the Writers, New York, USA, (2017) (Culture Ireland). Words Ireland Writing Lives Series panellist (2016); Iron Mountain Festival, Co. Leitrim, The John McGahern Seminar: Reading, Co Leitrim (2014). “Above the Brim,” on Irish Writers, Mikkeli Public Library, Southern Savonia Region, Finland (2014). His books include The Home Place, Sweet Old World: New & Selected Stories and Summer of ’63.