Órfhlaith Ní Chonaill    

Strandhill Summerfest July 4-6 2014   






4th July - 6th July 2014

Strandhill Summerfest is a weekend celebration of writing. It nurtures new work in a gentle, safe and supportive environment. Suitable for writers of all ages, beginners or established, writing in any genre.


Órfhlaith Ní Chonaill, Ted & Annie Deppe & Joe Kearney

Facilitator Profiles:

Joe Kearney Joe Kearney is a writer and broadcaster and documentary maker, whose voice will be known to many radio listeners from his contributions to Sunday Miscellany and Lyric FM's Quiet Quarter. His memoir and short fiction work has been included in numerous anthologies and been short listed for the Francis MacManus award. Joe's documentary No Cure for Mickey Finn which was RTE's entry for 2008 Prix Europa, and awarded a prize at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

His documentary Bullfight at Inchicore was short listed for the Prix Europa in 2010. In 2012 his documentary Did Michael Keogh Save Hitler? was a finalist at the Celtic Media Festival and the Prix Marulic in Croatia. This year his documentary, Oiled: a portrait of Henrietta was an award finalist at the Celtic Media Festival.

He teaches creative writing and holds a PhD in Creative Writing from University College Dublin. Joe's first novel 'Moon Blind' is available from Original Writing, Smithfield Dublin or as an eBook.

Annie Deppe is the author of Wren Cantata (Summer Palace, 2009) and Sitting in the Sky (Summer Palace, 2003). Her work has been anthologized in the Forward Book of Poetry 2004 (England). She has received grants from the Irish Arts Council and the Northern Ireland Arts Council and was selected by Poetry Ireland for their Introductions reading series. Her work has appeared in Poetry Ireland, Sou’wester, The Stinging Fly, The Shop, The Recorder, and elsewhere.

is the author of Children of the Air (Alice James, 1990), The Wanderer King (Alice James, 1996), Cape Clear: New and Selected Poems (Salmon, 2002), and Orpheus on the Red Line (Tupelo Press, U.S. 2009). His work has been recognized by a Pushcart Prize and two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. He directs Stonecoast in Ireland, a program that makes it possible for Master’s degree students in the U.S. to study in Ireland. Annie and Ted Deppe currently live in Galway City.

Órfhlaith Ní Chonaill’s novel, The Man With No Skin (Dialogue Publishing Inc. 2005) won first prize in fiction in the Colorado Independent Book Publisher’s (CIPA) Awards and was a finalist in the Independent Book Publisher’s (IPPY) Awards in the US. Her short story, Kikuyu Grass, was shortlisted for a Hennessy Award and her stories, poems and interviews have been published in Force 10 and other publications. She has an M. Phil in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin and is a trained workshop leader with Amherst Writers & Artists, USA and a member of Amherst Writers Ireland.