Doolin Writers’ Weekend festival programme announced

The Doolin Writers’ Weekend in Doolin, County Clare, takes place from March 27 to 29th.

Organised by Hotel Doolin, the third annual festival features workshops and readings by some of Ireland’s leading writers, including Booker Prize nominee Donal Ryan, playwright, screenwriter and director Peter Sheridan, poet Dave Lordan, and award-winning novelist and short-story writer, Christine Dwyer Hickey

Other contributors include singer John Spillane, Hennessy Award winning writer Madeleine D’Arcy, author Catherine Dunne, and novelist Marion Reynolds.

“We look forward to welcoming some of Ireland’s top writers back to Doolin next month, explained event organiser and Doolin Hotel General Manager, Donal Minihane.

 We’ll have readings from Donal Ryan, Christine Dwyer Hickey, Dave Lordan, workshops from Catherine Dunne, Anthony Glavin and Madeleine D’Arcy, as well as singer songwriter John Spillane, theatre with Peter Sheridan, a workshop with publishing whirlwinds Tramp Press and a plethora of local trad musicians, our own Dooliner Beer and some of North Clare’s finest food to keep the whole thing moving,” he added.

The Weekend also features the third annual Doolin Poetry & Short Story Competition, which Hotel Doolin is hosting in association with Tramp Press and Salmon Poetry, has announced details of the competition which for the first time includes a poetry contest having previously focused solely on short stories.

The prize fund for First Place in each both competitions is €1000, while the winners will also receive a publishing consultation with Tramp Press (short story) and Salmon Poetry (poetry).

The Poetry Competition, the closing date for which is Monday 2 March, will be judged by poet Jessie Lendennie, who is the founder and Managing Editor of Salmon Poetry.  Novelist and short story writer Éilís Ní Dhuibhne is this year’s Short Story judge.

For further details on the Doolin Writers’ Weekend and to download an entry form for the Doolin Poetry & Short Story Competition visit: