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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 lives in Co. Donegal. Denise is registered with Poetry Ireland’s Writers in Schools Scheme. She is a professional member of the Irish Writers Centre and on their panel for one-to-one mentoring http://irishwriterscentre.ie/products/one-to-one-mentoring Workshop Read More

Sunday Miscellany 15/10/17

I had a prose piece: Mobile Communications, and a poem: Rural Sounds broadcast on Sunday Miscellany this morning. With thanks to the producer, Sarah Binchy Listen back on RTE Radio Player http://www.rte.ie/radio/utils/radioplayer/rteradioweb.html#!rii=b9_10787035_0__ http://www.rte.ie/radio1/sunday-miscellany/#102630806 Read More

Community Arts Partnership – Poetry in Motion project

Poetry in Motion Schools Project I love being a part of this creative project and being given the opportunity to visit St. John’s Primary School, Derry. I had four workshops with a wonderful P6 class and look forward to seeing their work printed up and hearing their recordings. Jan Carson writes about the project on Read More

Donegal Bay & Bluestacks Festival

Poems, Songs and Stories : Sunday Oct 8th, Abbey Arts Centre, Ballyshannon , 3:00 pm, €5 Alan McMonagle, Annemarie Ní Churréain, Gerard Beirne, Denise Blake, Lorraine Walls, Eddie Lynch With thanks to The Sand HouseHotel and Marine Spa, Rossnowlagh https://donegalgathering.files.wordpress.com/…/donegal-bay-… Read More

Creative Writing Workshops – Lifford Old Courthouse

Creative Writing Workshops- Lifford Old Courthouse I’ll be facilitating – Starts Oct. 5th : for 6 Thursdays : 7:00 – 9:00 :€30 “Book early to avoid disappointment. Call us on (00353) 74 9141733.” Lifford Old Courthouse https://www.facebook.com/liffordoldcourthouse/?ref=br_rs Read More

Culture Night Donegal , Friday Sept. 22nd

North West Words, Florence Food Co. Letterkenny 8:00 – 10:15pm https://culturenight.ie/event/north-west-words-florence-food-company/ https://donegalgathering.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/culture-night-brochure-2017-web.pdf Read More

Writers in Schools – Verbal Arts Centre & Poetry Ireland

Today was my final session in Derry for the Writer’s residencies in Oakgrove College, Sacred Heart Primary School and St. Joseph’s College. The three groups; year 10, primary, and year 8 were so different that it made the workshops very interesting. It was wonderful to see all the worked typed up at the end and Read More

Poetry Ireland: Irish-American Partnership workshops

Poetry Ireland Writers in Schools Scheme and the Island / Oileán programme. I had a lovely visit to Taobhoige National School for this project. The theme was Emigration & the Diaspora. I asked the 28 in the classroom if they knew anyone who was living away from Donegal. They all knew someone close to them. Read More

Lagan Online interview re Writers in Schools Scheme

I had a talk recently with Colin Dardis, Lagan Online about the work that I do when I visit a classroom. With thanks to Colin, Mary Fitzpatrick of the Verbal Arts Centre, Poetry Ireland, the teachers and students http://laganonline.co/verbal-brings-poetry-ireland-writers-in-schools-scheme-to-derry/ Verbal brings Poetry Ireland Writers in Schools scheme to Derry laganonline@theverbal.co 16/05/2017 0 Comments 2017 May Read More

Numéro Cinq – poems published

I’m very pleased to have six poems published in Numéro Cinq. My poems are in Uimhir a Cúig: the Irish lit feature of the magazine. With thanks to the editor, Douglas Glover http://numerocinqmagazine.com/ http://numerocinqmagazine.com/2017/05/13/uimhir-a-cuig-poems-denise-blake/ Read More

Poetry Ireland & Verbal Arts Centre – Writers in Schools

I have been asked to deliver workshops in three schools in Northern Ireland as part of the Verbal Arts Centre’s Writers in Schools festival : I am really enjoying my visits with Oakgrove College, Sacred Heart Primary School and St. Joseph’s Boys School. With thanks to Mary Fitzpatrick of V. Arts, Anna Bonner P.I. and Read More

JCSP Residency

I just finished a very enjoyable residency with a lovely group of first year JCSP students in Mulroy College. It was wonderful to see their work all typed up and collected for the Make a Book project. Best wishes to the students and thank you to Karen Patton for all her support. Read More

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