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What does it feel like to try crime writing when your usual medium is poetry? Are there easy ways to transition from short stories to a full length novel or from poetry to screenwriting? Join our experts to discuss vital tips and approaches to writing across genres.

Nessa O’Mahony has published four books of poetry. She produces and presents a monthly podcast for writers called The Attic Sessions. Her debut crime novel, The Branchman, was published by Arlen House in 2018. Her fifth poetry collection, The Hollow Woman and the Island, is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry in 2019.

Caoilinn Hughes‘ debut novel Orchid & the Wasp (Oneworld) was a finalist for the 2018 Butler Literary Award. Her poetry collection Gathering Evidence (Carcanet, 2014) won the Irish Times Shine/Strong Award. Her writing has appeared in Granta, The Irish Times, Tin House, POETRY and elsewhere.

Paul Perry is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of several books of poetry and prose. A winner of the Hennessy Prize for Irish Literature, he is a poet, novelist, and screenwriter.  Paul lives in Dublin, Ireland, where he directs the

Creative Writing programme at University College Dublin.

“A taut and absorbing thriller.” –  Donal Ryan on The Branchman.

Dark, dramatic, bold and striking, the pitch-black Jacobean tone of Perry’s poetic shines with clarity and intensity.”  Poetry Ireland Review.

“Extraordinary… Orchid & the Wasp is a mesmeric, immersive, often hilarious reading experience….” Irish Independent



This event will be chaired by Dr. John Kenny, founding director of the BA with Creative Writing programme at NUI Galway, where he is now director of the MA in Writing.