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Denise Blake is a poet and writer and she is also a freelance facilitator in schools and with groups of all ages. She is registered with Poetry Ireland’s Writers in Schools Scheme. She lives in Co. Donegal. Workshop participants may consider themselves novices, or may have been writing for some time.  Her workshops offer an opportunity

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The Conwal singers & guests

Carols at Christmas with the Conwall Singers and conductor Karen Patton and guests: Donegal Chamber Orchestra, Denise Blake, Aisling Ní Fhionnáin & David Crawford Wednesday Dec. 14th @ 8:00 , Conwal Parish Church I am really looking forward to taking part in this event. It will be a lovely evening. With thanks to Karen Patton

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Sunday Miscellany Live at Christmas

I’m really thrilled to have been asked by Aoife Nic Cormaic to write a Christmas piece and read it in the National Concert Hall for this Sunday Miscellany Live event. RTÉ Concert Orchestra Aoife Nic Cormaic, presenter Special Guests- writers, poets, singers and musicians Following on from the hugely successful collaboration between RTÉ Radio 1’s

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Gerard Beirne Workshop – Ramelton

Creative Writing Weekend From First Draft to Final Draft Facilitator : Gerard Beirne at Carn Lodge Ramelton 19/20th November A series of three workshops that will guide you through the process of writing fiction and poetry from first draft to final draft and show you how to prepare your finished work for submission to magazines,

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Poem – Blending – Sunday Miscellany

This poem, Blending, was broadcast on Sunday Miscellany on Nov. Blending I cut the bag open, take in the flavours. It has been a journey, from coffee wafting through our Ohio childhood; Mom and her friends’ laughter in the kitchen while we played out on the front porch. Our move home to Donegal and their

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Circus Days – poem on Sunday Miscellany 2/10/16

This poem, Circus Days, was broadcast on Sunday Miscellany with thanks to Aoife Nic Cormaic. It was a lovely show with New short essays by: Denise Blake, Maurice Cashell, Elaine Garvey, Michael O’Loughlin, John MacKenna, Mary O’Malley, Áine Ryan Poem: Circus Days You don’t have to run away to join, it comes to you around

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Poems, Songs & Stories- Donegal Bay and Bluestacks Festival

Sunday, October 9, 3.00pm, €5. The Abbey Arts Centre, Ballyshannon Poems, Songs and Stories Elizabeth Reapy, Imelda Maguire, Anthony Glavin, Kate Dempsey, Rosie Carney and Sarah Cullen. Booking: 071 9851375 With thanks to the Sandhouse Hotel https://www.facebook.com/BlueStacksFestival/?fref=ts

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Cathedral Quarter Literary Festival Oct 7 & 8th

Inaugural Cathedral Quarter Literary Festival – Friday Oct. 7 & 8th Senator David Norris will visit Donegal to officially launch the inaugural Cathedral Quarter Literary Festival in Letterkenny next weekend. The festival opens on Friday 7th October with a pre-drinks meet and greet in the Regional Cultural Centre at 8pm, followed by the official opening

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Reception for Prof. Campbell, Nobel Laureate

William Campbell, Nobel Laureate in Medicine, was given a wonderful reception in Ramelton Town Hall on Saturday, September 14th. Prof. Campbell took it all in his respectful, modest stride. Congratulations to everyone who made the night such a success. The hall was full on Saturday afternoon with people cleaning, setting out chairs, setting up the

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September Workshops

Creative Writing workshops from September 19th 6 Mondays – 7:30 – 9:30 – Carn Lodge, Ramelton For further information: denise@b4.ie , 087-6486079 or PM. The workshops will be held in a comfortable, safe environment by Denise Blake, a facilitator who is highly experienced in working with beginners as well as advanced writers of all ages.

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Arts in Education : Teacher/ Artist Partnership

Arts In Education : I had a wonderful week at this residential training course and I look forward to a residency in September as part of the Teacher/Artist initiative. With thanks to Jane O’Hanlon, Poetry Ireland, for nominating me. Teacher/ Artist Partnership as a model of CPD initiative under the Arts in Education Charter A

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Sunday Miscellany, RTE Radio 1, 10/07/16

Lovely to have my poem, Lemon Season, broadcast as part of this show: Sunday Miscellany Rte Radio 1 , July 10th listen back on RTE Radioplayer http://www.rte.ie/radio/utils/radioplayer/rteradioweb.html#!rii=b9%5F10594142%5F68%5F10%2D07%2D2016%5F In the Meadow by Grace Wells Postcards from a Hospital by Doireann Ní Ghríofa The Bookcase by Denis Sampson Four Stories Up a poem by Jane Clarke Rock

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