BREWERY LANE WRITER'S WEEKEND
with Grace Wells and Cathy Fitzgerald
Friday 14th, Saturday 15th, Sunday 16th April 2023
Voice, Vision and Values, a Creative Response to Our Times
Much of our most meaningful creative work flows when we are aligned with our authentic voice, vision and values. From a deep central core within ourselves, we’re able to creatively respond with integrity and authority to the challenging world around us. Terry Tempest Williams has written, ‘we know in our bones that the world is broken,’ but for many of us it’s not enough to stand idly by—even though we may not yet know just how we’d like to respond to what’s going on. At this year’s Brewery Lane Writers’ Weekend, eco-creatives Cathy Fitzgerald and Grace Wells will be offering an introduction to ecoliteracy and an eco-arts writing practice. We’ll be exploring how we can best participate in the ecology of life at this challenging time, and offering some nourishing and nurturing meditative practices that will help to support our creativity and the wider world. Inspired by the hopeful tradition of the Earth Charter, the three days of workshops, readings, meditative practices and one-to-one mentoring sessions, will offer spaces for you to align to your own voice, vision and values as you unfold a creative way forward. Whether you’re prompted to set quiet whispers onto the tides, or to take daring artistic and environmental actions, this course will offer a nurturing foundation for your next steps.
Grace Wells is an award winning eco-poet and environmental writer, winner of the
Eilís Dillon Best Newcomer Bisto Award, and the Shine Strong Poetry Award for her
debut poetry collection ‘When God Has Been Called Away to Greater Things’.
Nature, spirit of place and our multiple ecological challenges are the
large themes of her work. She has published three poetry collections with
Dedalus Press, Dublin, most recently in May 2022, ’The Church of the Love
of the World’. Her poetry and prose have been published and broadcast widely.
In 2020 Wells began making poetry-film, and her work has been shortlisted
for the Ó Bhéal Poetry Film Competition. In 2021 she was commissioned by
The Source Arts Centre, Thurles to create four poetry films exploring the
significance of the Celtic Festivals for our times. In 2022 she was commissioned
by Clonmel Applefest to create ‘Out of Bounds’, a 20 minute documentary exploring
Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which
dived into the complex issue of children’s now limited access to play in nature.
Wells has taught and mentored emerging writers for many years, most frequently on
behalf of Poetry Ireland, Words Ireland and the Munster Literature Centre
Ecological artist-educator-researcher, Dr Cathy Fitzgerald is an Irish-based
New Zealander living in rural Carlow for the past 20 years. With a former
background in research science, since the late 1990s Cathy has been inspired
by the transformative social power of creative-led, embedded-in-place
ecological art practices to inclusively inspire diverse communities to
creatively envision more beautiful, just, equitable and sustainable futures.
In recent years, Cathy has built on ongoing creative-led forest and
wetland community restoration practices (Hollywoodforest.com;
DrumminBog.com), and reviewed advances in international ecological
art practice research for her PhD: The Ecological Turn (NCAD, 2018).
All through her university art education, Cathy strove to connect ecological
understanding to her creativity to inspire diverse audiences that science,
politics and the media often fail to achieve. In recent years as a popular
educator, she passionately advocates that ecoliterate cultural activity has
crucial ways to inclusively engage others to work for collective, planetary
and intergenerational wellbeing. Since 2019, Cathy has been deeply committed
to developing the popular online Haumea Ecoversity.ie with her colleague philosopher Dr Nikos Patedakis (California). Together they work to support and upskill mid-career creatives and cultural professionals working in all art fields, including literature and poetry, to cultivate essential ecoliteracy - the ecological vision, values and practices of wellbeing needed by the creative sector to promote, inspire and sustain an immense cultural shift to a better world.
NB: Limited to 12 participants
Fee: early bird €173 (if paid in full by Tuesday, 7th Feb) or €200 if paid later. This event will fill on a first come, first paid basis.
Cancellation 4 weeks or more prior to the course start date - full refund (less a 10% admin fee)
Cancellation between 4 weeks to 1 week prior to the course start date - 50% refund
Cancellation less than 7 days prior to start - NO REFUND
Writer's Weekend brought to you with the assistance of Tipperary County Council