Ireland Chair of Poetry to deliver poetry workshops at Seamus Heaney HomePlace

February 16, 2018

As well as the brighter days, spring sees the welcome return of the Irish Writers Centre to Mid Ulster as award-winning poet and Ireland Chair of Poetry, Erin Halliday hosts a six-week poetry workshop at Seamus Heaney Homeplace in Bellaghy. 

In honour of the Irish Writers Centre’s remit to support writers throughout the island of Ireland they are now offering access to their courses in Belfast and Derry focusing on editing, blog writing, creative non-fiction, poetry and the novel.  

The course starting this month at Seamus Heaney HomePlace will be taken by Erin Halliday, Ireland Chair of Poetry bursary awardee and featured poet in New Poets from the North of Ireland (Blackstaff). She published her first collection Pharmakon (Templar) in 2015. An Arts Council of Northern Ireland ACES award has funded the completion of her forthcoming second collection.

Erin’s course will begin on Tuesday 27 February at 7pm and will run for six weeks, one evening per week, throughout the spring.  The course is aimed at emerging or advanced poets who are interested in receiving critique of their work and Erin will provide constructive workshop-based analysis throughout. 

Speaking what would be available to emerging poets and peers during the course workshops, Erin said, ‘Your voice, form, your poetic preoccupations, condensing meaning into words, and how you consider these aspects of poetry in your editing process; these are questions we'll consider over the course of this series of workshops.’

Spaces on the six week course, costing £60, can be booked directly through the Irish Writers Centre at or for further information contact Bernadette Greenan, Education Programmer, Irish Writers Centre (telephone +353 (0)1 872 1302)