North West Words

Promoting the Arts in the North West of Ireland

Welcome to North West Words

Welcome to the North West Words website. North West Words is a monthly reading series in Donegal. Events are on the last Thursday of each month in Florence Food Co. 63 Main Street, Letterkenny. See our Facebook page or News for further details. We also run poetry competitions, a community poetry initiative called Poetry for Spaces, and an online magazine.

June event – North West Words 29th June 2017

Join us in Florence Food Co at 8pm Thursday 29th June for the North West Words June Arts Night. Our featured readers are the award-winning Canadian poet, Kelly Norah Drukker, and the writing group, Inch Island Writers.

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Kelly Norah Drukker is an award-winning poet born in Montreal, Canada. She grew up in the Laurentian region of Quebec. Her work as an English teacher has brought her to Switzerland, France, and the UK, and she has spent close to a year living in Ireland, on the island of Inis Mór. Kelly’s first collection of poems, Small Fires (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016), won the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry, the Concordia University First Book Prize, and was a finalist for the Grand Prix du livre de Montréal. The French-language version of Small Fires, translated by Lori Saint-Martin and Paul Gagné, is forthcoming in 2018. Kelly has been a recipient of a CBC Literary Award, and her poetry has been broadcast on national radio in Canada. She holds a Master’s degree in English and Creative Writing, and is currently pursuing her PhD in Humanities at Concordia University in Montreal.

The Inch Island Writers are a very diverse group hailing from New Zealand, Boston, Nottingham, Amsterdam and London.  Founded in 2006, the group met twice a month for nine years.  They read at the Inch Island Gathering in the summer of 2007, the International Sheep Shearing Festival, the Earagail Festival in Tullyarvan Mill, Derry Library, and most recently, they launched their new book Breathing in a Different Space at the Buncrana Library in May 2017.  Members are Lisa Anderson, Catherine Canning, Mary Connors, Anna Nederveen, Anoeschka Stainsby and James Wood.

May event – North West Words 25th May 2017

Join us in Florence Food Co at 8pm Thursday 25th May for the North West Words May Arts Night. Our featured readers are Una Mannion and the writing group Pen2Paper. We’re looking forward to another great night of readings.

Among her many accolades, Una Mannion is a recent winner of the Hennessy Emerging Poetry award, the Yeats’ Society’s Seamus Heaney Memorial Poetry award, and also, the Doolin and the Cuirt short story competitions, and the Ambit fiction prize.

Pen2Paper writing group meet in Donegal Town and are the featured writing group in issue 7 of North West Words Magazine.…/North-West-Words-Spring-Summer-…

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April event – National Poetry Day with North West Words and Poetry Ireland 27th April

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Poetry readings from Donegal poets Máire Dinny Wren and Maureen Curran. See our News section for further details or Poetry Ireland website here


The Donegal Collection : Poetry and Music on CD 

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