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October 2020

Creative Writing Workshop at Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Bellaghy

24. October 2020 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Seamus Heaney HomePlace, 45 Main Street
Bellaghy, BT45 8HT United Kingdom
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£20

Creative Writing Workshop Moyola Hall and Sensory Garden, Seamus Heaney HomePlace* *Please note: this workshop will now take place online Join facilitator Bernie McGill for a writing workshop in the Moyola Hall and Sensory Garden at HomePlace, Bellaghy, inspired by the work of Seamus Heaney. This will be a practical workshop on the everyday craft of writing with the aim of sparking ideas for new work. All levels of experience welcome from experienced writers to first-timers, poets and fiction writers alike. Participants will have the option to find a spot outdoors in the Sensory Garden to write, weather permitting, or at a social distance indoors in the Moyola Hall. Come with writing materials, prepared to write. A hard backed notebook or clipboard may be useful for writing outdoors. Dress for the weather! *Full social distancing and safety measures are in place and workshops will have specific guidelines to allow for maximum enjoyment and participant safety. Please Note: in order to send resource material for printing at home in advance of the workshop the facilitator will require participants’ email addresses* Bernie McGill is the author of two novels: The Watch House (nominated for Ireland European Prize for Literature in 2019) and The Butterfly Cabinet (named by…

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November 2020

Northern Lights: Bernie McGill in conversation with Jessica Bates, with music by Hannah McPhillimy

19. November 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Flowerfield Arts Centre, 185 Coleraine Road
PORTSTEWART, Northern Ireland BT55 7HU United Kingdom
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Free

The Arts Service of Causeway Coast & Glens Council presents Bernie McGill in conversation with Jessica Bates, with music by Hannah McPhillimy This event is now available to view online at Flowerfield Arts Centre's YouTube channel.  Join us for an evening of music and words from two acclaimed artists whose work is inspired by the distinctive land and seascapes of the Causeway Coast and Glens. North Coast native Hannah McPhillimy’s brand of thoughtful indie-pop takes its influences from artists across the Atlantic such as Regina Spektor and Feist, but retains an unpredictable beauty that is uniquely home-grown. Described by The Irish Times as ‘a bit of a wonder’, she has supported artists such as Foy Vance, SOAK and The Gloaming. Hannah recently returned from completing her masters in classical composition at the prestigious Michigan University and touring in the U.S. ‘Quietly Captivating.’ Culture NI ‘Music both stunning and moving in equal measure.’ Chordblossom ‘McPhillimy’s vocal talents hit home time and time again.’ The Thin Air  ‘A real talent.’ Ralph McLean, BBC Ulster  The landscape and people of the North Coast are firmly rooted in the writing of Bernie McGill. Her first novel, The Butterfly Cabinet, was set in Portstewart and inspired by the tragic…

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February 2021

The Nerve Podcast

24 February
Online United Kingdom
Free

Writer Bernie McGill talks to Dr Jenny O'Connor at The Nerve podcast about what a typical day in her life is like, what it has meant to her to contribute to anthologies that highlight the work of women writers and how teaching keeps her awake at night. Listen here: https://www.wit.ie/news/humanities/podcast-the-nerve-ep-35-bernie-mcgill. The Nerve is a podcast from the English Department of the Waterford Institute of Technology. Bernie McGill’s novel The Watch House was nominated in 2019 for the Ireland/European Prize for Literature. Her first novel, The Butterfly Cabinet, was named by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes as his novel of the year in 2012. Her short fiction has been nominated for several awards and in 2008, she won the Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Award in the United States. Sleepwalkers, her first collection of short stories, was shortlisted for the prestigious Edge Hill Prize in 2014.  Bernie is a former Writing Fellow with the Royal Literary Fund at the Seamus Heaney Centre in Queen’s University, Belfast and she is a mentor and workshop facilitator with the Irish Writers’ Centre.  

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March 2021

Sowing the Seeds: Online Creative Writing Workshops with Bernie McGill

6 March @ 10:30 am - 27 March @ 12:00 pm
Online United Kingdom + Google Map
£20

Saturday 6th March 10.30am - 12 noon Saturday 13th March 10.30am - 12 noon* *Please note that, due to demand, a second round of workshops has been added on Saturday 20th and Saturday 27th March from 10.30am - 12 noon. The booking fee covers two workshops (taking place on two consecutive Saturdays). Book at The Burnavon Arts Centre website. As we look ahead to Spring and to the growing of the light, participants are invited to these two practical online writing workshops, designed to ‘sow some seeds’: to inspire ideas for writing and developing new work. All levels of experience welcome from experienced writers to first-timers, poets and fiction writers alike. The workshop will be fully participative with attendees taking part in writing exercises online, developing work at home and sharing their work with group participants. Come with writing materials and be prepared to write. After booking your place the tutor will email you with the meeting link a few days before the workshop begins. * Please Note: The tutor will require your email address for the purpose of this workshop * You will require a device capable of running Zoom Meeting Software with a functioning screen, microphone, speakers and a stable…

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April 2021

Online Fiction Writing Surgery with Bernie McGill

6 April @ 10:30 am - 11 May @ 12:30 pm
Online United Kingdom + Google Map
€150 – €165

Course Summary:  Would you appreciate some up-close and detailed feedback on your work? Would you be prepared to share up to 2000 words of your fiction writing with a professional writer and with a group of other writers, at a similar writing stage to you? This short course will offer participants the opportunity to have their writing read and workshopped by writer Bernie McGill, and by a peer group of emerging fiction writers. Course Outline: Participants should submit a maximum of 2000 words of their fiction writing (short story or novel excerpt) at least two weeks prior to the course commencing. The course will consist of 6 x two hour weekly workshops in each of which the work of two participants will be discussed. The work will be circulated to all twelve participants in advance. Participants will be provided with guidelines by the tutor and encouraged to give constructive feedback on what they have read and what they can bring from their reading to their own writing. Participants will be encouraged to complete writing exercises during and between workshops that relate primarily to the specific issues raised in the work. Suitable for writers committed to short or longer form fiction…

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May 2021

Bernie McGill, Author, Live and Interactive

1 May @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
On Zoom
£5

Cushendun Big Arts Weekend in association with the John Hewitt Society hosts a live event via Zoom with author Bernie McGill on Saturday 1st May at 5pm BST. Bernie is the author of two novels and one short story collection. Her novel The Watch House was nominated in 2019 for the Ireland/European Union Prize for Literature and The Butterfly Cabinet was named in 2012 by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes as his novel of the year. Sleepwalkers was shortlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize in 2014. From 2018 - 2020 Bernie was Writing Fellow with the Royal Literary Fund (RLF) at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen's University, Belfast. She works as a Lector with the RLF and as a mentor and facilitator with the Irish Writers' Centre. Her new short story collection will  be published in 2022. Send questions on Bernie's books, or on writing and publishing in advance to info@cushendunbpt.org or pop them into the Chat via the live event. Book via this link.

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July 2021

Creative Writing Workshop at Seamus Heaney HomePlace

17 July @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Seamus Heaney HomePlace, 45 Main Street
Bellaghy, BT45 8HT United Kingdom
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£20

Join facilitator Bernie McGill for a writing workshop in the Moyola Hall and Sensory Garden at Seamus Heaney HomePlace. This will be a practical workshop on the everyday craft of writing with the aim of sparking ideas for new work. All levels of experience welcome from experienced writers to first-timers, poets and fiction writers alike. Participants will have the option to find a spot outdoors in the Sensory Garden to write, weather permitting, or indoors in the Moyola Hall. Come with writing materials, prepared to write. A hard backed notebook or clipboard may be useful for writing outdoors. Dress for the weather! Limited places available. Book here. Bernie McGill is the author of two novels: The Watch House (nominated for the Ireland European Union Prize for Literature in 2019) and The Butterfly Cabinet (named by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes as his novel of the year in 2012). Her collection of short stories, Sleepwalkers, was shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize in 2014. Her work has been published in the UK, the US and in translation in Italy and the Netherlands. Her short fiction has appeared in anthologies Her Other Language, Belfast Stories, The Long Gaze Back, The Glass Shore and Female Lines. She was Writing Fellow…

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Cushendun Writing Workshop and Trail

24 July @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Old Church Centre, Cushendun, 1 Church Lane
Cushendun, BT44 0PG United Kingdom
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£25

Join Bernie McGill for a writing workshop with a difference, featuring a walking trail exploring the literary links in Cushendun MAXIMUM PARTICIPANTS: 10 As part of our Causeway Creative Trails exploring culture and arts across the borough, join facilitator Bernie McGill for a writing workshop with a difference, featuring a walking trail that explores the literary links in the historic conservation village of Cushendun. The workshop will offer prompts and writing exercises to initiate ideas and will use as inspiration the work of writers with associations with the village including Louis MacNeice, Moira O’Neill and John Masefield. Participants will have the option to find a spot outdoors to write, weather permitting, or at a social distance indoors in the beautifully refurbished Old Church Centre. The group will come together to share work. Dress for the weather and in comfortable walking shoes and bring writing materials. There are a number of places in the village available for lunch, or bring a packed lunch along. Meet at Cushendun Old Church at 10.30am. Bernie McGill is the author of two novels: The Watch House (nominated for the Ireland European Union Prize for Literature in 2019) and The Butterfly Cabinet (named by Downton Abbey…

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September 2021

Walled Garden Writing Workshop with Bernie McGill at Aspects Festival, Bangor

25 September @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
North Down Museum, Town Hall, The Castle
Bangor, BT20 4BT United Kingdom
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£20
Bangor Castle Walled Gardens

Join facilitator Bernie McGill for a writing workshop - indoors and out - that takes inspiration from the beautiful surroundings of Bangor Castle Walled Garden and Castle Grounds. The workshop will offer prompts and writing exercises to spark ideas and develop work. Participants will have the option to find a spot outdoors to write (weather permitting) or at a social distance indoors in North Down Museum. The group will come together to share work. All levels of experience welcome, from seasoned writers to first-timers, poets and fiction writers alike. Suitable for ages 16+ Dress for the weather and in comfortable walking shoes and bring a hardback notebook for writing outdoors. Full workshop details and booking at Aspects Festival. Bernie McGill is the author of two novels: The Watch House (nominated for the Ireland European Union Prize for Literature in 2019) and The Butterfly Cabinet (named by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes as his novel of the year in 2012). Her collection of short stories, Sleepwalkers, was shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize in 2014. Her new short story collection This Train is For will be published by No Alibis Press in 2022. Eílís Ní Dhuibhne and Evelyn Conlon in conversation…

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October 2021

Back in the Writing Room with Bernie McGill at Burnavon Arts Centre, Cookstown

16 October @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
Burnavon Arts & Cultural Centre, Burn Road
Cookstown, BT80 8DN United Kingdom
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£22

After months of online working, are you ready to get back into the writing room? This workshop, led by writer Bernie McGill, will offer a kickstart to your creative writing with prompts and suggestions to spark new ideas. All levels of experience welcome, from seasoned writers to first-timers, poets and fiction writers alike. The workshop will be fully participative with attendees taking part in writing exercises and sharing their work with group participants. Come with writing materials, prepared to write. There will be a short break for lunch (bring your own). Please bring your own notebook and pen. Suitable for age 16+ Book online at The Burnavon. Bernie McGill is the author of two novels: The Watch House (nominated for the Ireland European Union Prize for Literature in 2019) and The Butterfly Cabinet (named by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes as his novel of the year in 2012). Her collection of short stories, Sleepwalkers, was shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize in 2014. Her new short story collection This Train is For will be published by No Alibis Press in 2022. *Photo by Green Chameleon on Unsplash

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