THE Doolin Writers’ Weekend will take place again next year, it has been announced.
Last weekend’s event featured workshops, lectures and readings by leading names from Ireland’s arts and literary scene, intermixed with live traditional Irish music sessions in the North Clare village. Contributors included playwright and director Peter Sheridan, novelist and short story writer Mike McCormack, Irish punk music pioneer Terri Hooley and musician Steve Wall of The Walls and The Stunning.
According to event organiser Donal Minihane of Hotel Doolin, “North Clare and Doolin, in particular, have long been associated with some of Ireland’s most famous writers and this was reflected in the significant public interest generated by the Doolin Writers’ Weekend. Following on from the success of the inaugural weekend, we are delighted to announce that plans are already underway to host the event again in 2014.”
A Dublin writer won the inaugural Doolin Short Story Competition 2013, which was hosted by the Irish Writers’ Centre and Hotel Doolin as part of the weekend. Philomena Young from Foxrock claimed the top prize for her short story, Exile. Pete by Valerie Sirr finished second, while Counting Down by Lisa Harding claimed third prize.
The competition winners were selected from more than 260 entries and were judged by acclaimed Irish playwright and novelist John MacKenna, winner of the Irish Times Fiction Award the Cecil Day Lewis Literary Award and the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award.