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Creative Writing in Historic Irish Houses


We all have stories to tell, and some of the best ones come from our family histories. As we commemorate the past in 2016, what better time to explore the many stories that may have lay hidden over the decades. Join poet and Open University tutor Nessa O’Mahony for a creative writing workshop in which you’ll discover ways to kick-start a writing project, shape your stories, memoirs or poetry and research the past. 

Award-winning poet Nessa O’Mahony has published four volumes of poetry, many of which explored the history within her own family. She is an associate lecturer with the Open University’s A363 Advanced Creative Writing Course.

View clip from the Open University’s OpenLearn website of Castletown House: which is part of the free online course ‘Ireland: The Arts Past and Present’.

Venue: The Hunting Room

Stable Wing/East Wing

Castletown House


Co Kildare

Interview with Nessa O’Mahony on the Listowel Writers Week blog where she discusses Creative Writing at the Open University

Admission to the workshop is free but places are limited to 20 so registration is essential.  To register please contact on The Open University Dublin office on 01 678 53 99 or email

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 -
10:30 to 12:30