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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

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

#WomenXBorders – Irish Writers Centre

Amazing day in the Irish Writers Centre today – #WomenXBorders readathon of 80 women http://womenaloudni.com/events-outside-ni/ It was lovely to get the opportunity to read two poems with thanks to everyone involved in organising the event & with thanks to June Caldwell for the photo Read More

Sunday Miscellany – poems: Butterfly House & Full Sail

Sunday Miscellany 26 February 2017 Radio Player link http://www.rte.ie/radio1/sunday-miscellany/#2413242 New short essays: Vincent Woods, Cyril Kelly,Butterfly House, a poem by Denise Blake, Catherine Foley, Frank Kavanagh, Mary O’Malley, Full Sail, another poem by Denise Blake Music: Scriabin’s Etude in F sharp minor, Opus 42, no. 3, ‘Mosquito’, played on piano by Valentina Lisitsa, It’s a Read More

One-to-one Mentoring Scheme – Irish Writers Centre

I am a professional member of the Irish Writers Centre and I am on their panel for poetry mentoring. I am available to work with beginning, emerging or advanced writers. “The Irish Writers Centre has developed a panel of Professional Members who are published and experienced authors or industry professionals acting as mentors to help Read More

Creative Writing Facilitator

https://twitter.com/DeniseMcGBlake Facebook Page ; https://www.facebook.com/deniseblakecom/ Reviews: Review from a primary school residency : The student’s ideas and their writing were given the same attention and they felt equally valued. The discussions and the stimulus provided at the beginning of every lesson provided context and vocabulary for children with limited life experiences and helped them participate Read More

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