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Creative Writing in historic Irish houses - uncovering history’s hidden stories

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 14:00 to 17:00
Russborough House Blessington, Co Wicklow, W91 W284
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Russborough House

We all have stories to tell, and some of the best ones come from our family histories. As 2018 is European Year of Cultural Heritage, what better time to explore the stories in your family that have been hidden over the decades?

Join award-winning poet and Open University tutor Dr Nessa O'Mahony in the magnificent Entrance Hall of Russborough House, Blessington, Co Wicklow for a free tour of Russborough House before the free Creative Writing workshop during which you'll discover ways to kick-start a writing project, shape your stories, memoirs or poetry and research the past.

Nessa has published four volumes of poetry, many of which explored the history within her own family. Nessa is an Associate Lecturer on The Open University’s Masters in Creative Writing. Read an interview with Nessa on the Listowel Writers’ Week blog where she discusses Creative Writing at The Open University.

Russborough House, Blessington, Co Wicklow is an 18th century Palladian masterpiece designed and built between 1741 and 1755 by Richard Cassels (also known as Richard Castle), the architect who designed Leinster House in Dublin, now the seat of the two Houses of the Oireachtas, comprising Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann.

When the last owners of Russborough, Sir Alfred and Lady Beit, left the house in trust in 1978 for public access and education, they also gifted priceless paintings and drawings from the world-famous Beit collection to the National Gallery of Ireland to join the Milltown collection, bequeathed to the National Gallery from Russborough in 1906.

Admission to the house tour and workshop is free but places are limited to 20, so registration is essential. 

To register please contact on The Open University's Dublin office on 01 678 53 99 or email

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