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The Nobel Room, Writing, and Radio

April 10, 2015

The Nobel Room, Farmleigh  Photo - OPW Ireland

The Nobel Room, Farmleigh
Photo – OPW Ireland

Two weeks ago I attended a poetry workshop with Theo Dorgan in Farmleigh House, where he is the artist in residence. Well, lucky us – and lucky Theo who gets to hang out there for a  while!

The Nobel Room commemorates Ireland’s four Laureates for Literature – Shaw, Yeats, Beckett, and Heaney. Here is a link to the OPW site, if you want to see more of Farmleigh.

Needless to say, we didn’t have the workshop in the Nobel Room … but we were in the study. Just six of us and Theo. With tea and coffee on tap and lunch provided downstairs in the Arkle Room (which may originally have been a tack room?). Terri, who joined us for most of the workshop, works in Farmleigh. After lunch, she brought us on a tour.

The Spring sun was waiting for us in the conservatory. We oohed and aahed over the Blue Room and the Nobel Room, and the artwork. I was nearly drooling in the Library. Such a lovely room. A real ‘Goldilocks’ library: not too big; not too small. Terri didn’t need us to tell her how lucky she is to work in such beautiful surroundings. And she’s also got the Phoenix Park at the end of the drive.

The workshop was fantastic. I always get gems of wisdom, or pointed in interesting writing directions, at each new workshop I attend. And I love the interaction with other writers. The day’s worth was reflected in the fact that I was awake half the night, thinking of new ways to rewrite work I had presented to the group.

Many thanks Theo – and thanks to John, Tom, Jean, Victoria and Terri – for a day I won’t forget.



On the Diploma in Radio front –

Well, what busy bunnies we all have been, both before AND after Easter. Assignments delivered up. And live shows for the past two weeks. In addition to co-presenting The Brekkie Show each morning, I  also presented two solo shows. One about Easter , with classical music, the other about Irish traditional music.  You’ll get podcasts of all our shows at

I’ve podcast the two solo shows, and given playlists. You’ll find them on my new website: 

I’ve linked in readwritehere to the ‘BLOG’ page, and I’m in the process of updating all my writer’s ‘stuff’ there too.

It would be great to get your comments on the website, so do pay a visit.

It doesn’t have a Nobel Room … but nobody’s perfect!

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