Molly Keane Writers Retreat

Time to Write                                               FULLY BOOKED                                                 waiting list now open

Launch of Lani O'Hanlon's Chapbook

'The Little Theatre'


 Lani's new poetry chapbook 'The Little Theatre' was launched on Thursday 22nd of June, in Dungarvan Arts Centre.  The theatre was packed with friends and family.  A wonderful night of poetry and music.  Well done Lani

Our Masterclass with Don Share is fully booked - we are currently operating a waiting list 


Don Share, poet and editor of POETRY (Chicago) is coming to Ardmore!!     

We are fully booked for Don Share - we are delighted with the response to this wonderful workshop. Thank you to everyone for signing up so early. We are currently operating a waiting list. Just contact

This is a unique opportunity to be part of a Poetry Masterclass  with Don Share, the famous Editor of 'POETRY' (Chicago), author of WISHBONE as well as translator of Hernandez and editor of the recent Faber edition of Basil Bunting’s poems.

Calm, wise and highly influential among poets of the English-speaking world, Don is a brilliant teacher and a wonderful mentor.


Waterford  Poetry  Prize  2017


The Arts Office, Waterford City & County Council is pleased to announce details of the Waterford Poetry Prize 2017. The Waterford Poetry Prize is open to all writers currently living on the island of Ireland.

The prize will be presented at the Imagine Arts Festival incorporating the Waterford Writers Weekend which runs from October 19th - 29th 2017 in venues throughout Waterford city and county. This prize has emerged from the influence of the late Waterford writer Seán Dunne whose poetry still continues to inspire.  

There is no age limit and no entry fee for the Waterford Poetry Prize 2017.

The first prize is €400 plus attendance at a designated writing course at the Molly Keane Writers Retreat, Ardmore in 2018. 2nd prize €300.  3rd prize €200. The closing date for receipt of entries is 12 noon on 26th June 2017.

The entry form and guidelines can be downloaded from and or by contacting the Arts Office on 058/41416.



2017 Line Up

Don Share, Lani O'Hanlon, Thomas McCarthy


Don Share of POETRY (Chicago) - Poetry Masterclass

Thomas McCarthy: 'Six Golden Lyrics' - poetry workshop

Lani O'Hanlon: 'Creative Writing' and 'Time to Write'  

Molly Keane: A life - by Sally Phipps

Launch night

 The Irish launch of Sally's book took place in Ballymaloe.  Standing room only, and all the books sold out.  First we were treated to an excerpt of an interview John Bowman did with Molly on Radio 1.  Speeches were given by Sally's good friends Thomas McCarthy and Ken Thomspon, and also the Editor of Virago, Lennie Goodings.  Tom told us that he could hear Molly speaking through the pages and Lennie told us of Sally arriving with her hand written manuscript in a basket.

I asked Virginia to write a few lines for us surrounding the book. 
"The launch of my sister Sally's book about my mother, has involved both celebration and emotion for me. I was extremely nervous reading the manuscript for the first time. I loved my mother, and I love my sister. I dreaded the risk that I'd Hate the book, but as I read, my mother was alive again with me. I wept, laughed and rejoiced at Sally's skill and at the authenticity of her portrayal of Molly. Sally was relieved and happy about my reaction. Both of us knew that there would never be as exacting a critic of the book than her own sister. Both the London and Irish launch parties were full of people from many stages of our three lives. A reminder of the TV programme 'This is your Life'. The celebration of my sister and my mother's skill has given me great happiness"

Here are some links relating to the book

Lani O'Hanlon published in Poetry!

Our writer in residence, Lani O'Hanlon has been published in POETRY.   What an honour to have a poem published in the oldest monthly devoted to verse in the English-speaking world. Congratulations Lani.   Click here

Thomas McCarthy's poem 'Slow Food' has been published in The Guardian

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Ardmore, Co. Waterford, Ireland                                         Ard Mhór, Contae Phort Láirge


'For the last fifty years of my life I have lived in a cottage - a cottage hanging above Ardmore bay, above the village and the Catholic church, its east window lighted over the sea on winter evenings. Beyond my cottage one of the finest round towers in Ireland reaches up to the sky above the ruined and beautiful church and monastery at its foot.'

Molly Keane


The writer Molly Keane lived at Dysert in the picturesque village of Ardmore in County Waterford from 1950 until her death in 1996. She turned a bungalow into a house, which tucks into the hill overlooking Ardmore bay. It is here she wrote the Booker Prize runner up 'Good Behaviour' and the other best sellers 'Time After Time' and 'Loving and Giving'


Her daughter Virginia Brownlow has now made the house available for use by contemporary writers of all abilities.



Grant Assisted by Waterford City & County Council’s Arts Office



Winner of the Molly Keane Creative Award 2017: Click here

We are delighted that our unique workshop with Don Share is fully booked - we are operating a waiting list :):):):):):):)

Our 2017 line up : Don Share, Thomas McCarthy and Lani O'Hanlon.  Click here

Sunday Miscellany 2nd April 2017, Lani has another 2 pieces on this weeks radio programme.  Click here    

Thomas McCarthy's poem 'Slow Food' has been published in The Guardian