Writers Festival Doolin

Doolin Writers' Weekend 2016

Doolin Writers’ Weekend is delighted to announce the shortlist for this year’s Short Story, Poetry & Flash Fiction Competitions


The winners(1st & 2nd Place) in each category will be announced on Friday the 03rd of February 2017 at the Doolin Writers’ Weekend and will be invited to read their winning entries.


In no particular order


Short Story


“This is the Normal Now” written by Jan Carson

“The Truck-Drivers Wife” written by John L. O’Donnell

“A Shiver of Hearts” written by Una Mannion

“Rock Dove” written by Lorcan Byrne

“The Swimming Pool” written by Laura-Blaise McDowell

“The Fist Was Not Raised” written by Clár Ní Chonghaile

“What the Birds Heard” written by Louise Kennedy

“Lexi in the Blue Dress” written by D.R.D Bruton




“Calvary” written by Mary Noonan

“Heatwave” written by Mary-Jane Holmes

“The Great Chorus of Individualism” written by William Wall

“The Women of the WI Demonstrate How best to Catch a Rabbit” written by Jessica Traynor

“Each Family Meal an Opera” written by Kim French

“Auntie Belem” written by Simon Murphy

“Downturn” written by Evan Costigan

“The Night Feeding Swan” written by Conor McMahon

Flash Fiction

 “The Caprine Way” written by Majella Kelly

“Pick” written by David O’Dwyer

“The Frozen Planet” written by Una Mannion

“Blind Man” written by Conor Houghton

“Immigrant” written by Ingrid Casey

“Cattle Boat” written by Robert Barrett

“A Bag of Wool” written by Majella Kelly

“Unseen” written by Marie Gethins

Well Done to all that entered this year!

Doolin Writers Competition 2017 announced


Hotel Doolin has announced details of the Doolin Writers Competition 2017.


Hotel Doolin is delighted to announce Doolin Writers' Competition 2017 with a prize fund of €2500. Entries are now being accepted for Short Stories, Poetry and Flash Fiction and the closing date is January 13th 2017. This year Rita-Ann Higgins will judge the poetry competition, Sinead Glesson will judge the Short Story and E.M Reapy will judge the Flash Fiction Category


Meanwhile Hotel Doolin has confirmed the weekend of the 3rd-5th February for the 5th Annual Doolin Writers’ Weekend. Co. Clare with again play host to some of the country’s leading writers.

Writers making their way west this spring include Mike McCormack, Sara Baume, Rita-Ann Higgins, Alan McMonagle, Karl Parkinson as well as Stinging Fly Editor Declan Meade, Editor of the Award winning ‘Long Gaze Back’ Anthology Sinead Glesson, literary agent Sallyanne Sweeney, commissioning editor of Harper Collins, Anna Kelly and many more to be announced.

‘It’s a great opportunity for aspiring writers as well as literary fans and established authors to get together and mix, as Anne Enright, Irelands Laureate of fiction says, “there is no VIP room in Irish Literature,” and this is true also for the Doolin Writers’ Weekend, one of the key aspects of the festival for us is that it has the feel of a community with people joining us here every year and just picking up where things left off, audiences and artists feeling at one and enjoying the communal spirit of the weekend.’ Donal Minihane- Event Organiser- Hotel Doolin General Manager

‘Doolin has long been associated with the arts, providing inspiration for musicians, painters & writers. Many of the greats spent time in Doolin, including JM Synge, George Bernard Shaw, Dylan Thomas, Augustus John & Oliver St. Gogarty. Post-crash Ireland is on the cusp of a new literary boom and we look forward to welcoming a new wave of bold and original writers to Doolin.’

2017 Judges

Rita-Ann Higgins

Rita Ann Higgins was born in Galway. She has published ten collections of poetry, her most recent collection Tongulish was received to great acclaim.

Tongulish, finds Higgins as intensively inventive and deliciously subversive as ever… The rebellious, innovative Higgins is one of his [James Joyce’s] distinctive heirs. Like Joyce, she knows just how to beat up the English language and her use of mythology, Irish language and Ireland’s past put her own inimitable stamp on her bang up-to-date present.’ – Martina Evans, The Irish Times

Rita Ann Higgins’s readings are legendary. Raucous, anarchic, witty and sympathetic, her poems chronicle the lives of the Irish dispossessed in ways that are both provocative and heart-warming.

Higgins has a talent for tuning into our everyday lives, making the ordinary border on the epic, suggesting something more sinister from the ostensibly mundane… Her language is rooted in the vernacular. She could be called the people’s poet. – Colette Sheridan, Irish Examiner [on Tongulish]

E.M Reapy

E.M. Reapy is from Mayo, has an MA in Creative Writing from Queen’s University, Belfast and was the founding editor of wordlegs.com. Her work has been published internationally and she has read at festivals and events in Ireland, the U.K., the U.S., Argentina, Australia and New Zealand. In 2013, she represented Ireland and was listed for the PEN International: New Voices Award. She was one of the writers featured in 'The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers' and she received an Arts Council Literature Bursary to complete her debut novel Red Dirt which was published by Head of Zeus in June 2016.

Sinéad Gleeson

Sinéad Gleeson is a writer, broadcaster, critic who presents The Book Show on RTE Radio 1. She is the editor of three short story anthologies including The Long Gaze Back: an Anthology of Irish Women Writers, which won Best Irish Published Book at the 2015 Irish Book Awards. The Glass Shore: Short Stories by Women Writers from the North of Ireland was published in October 2016. Her non-fiction has been published in Banshee, Granta, Autumn: An Anthology for the Changing Seasons and Winter Papers. A short story appeared in the Looking at the Stars anthology. She is currently working on a book of essays and a novel.


Visit http www.doolinfestivals.ie for further information or to enter the Doolin Writers Competition 2017.


If you have any queries, please contact:
Donal Minihane
Hotel Doolin
Co. Clare