Gabriel Fitzmaurice - Writing Traditional Poetry or Song


Gabriel’s workshop will concentrate on writing poems, in either English or Irish as you wish, in traditional forms, especially those suitable for songs and recitations, ballads and broadsheets. So if you have ever wanted to try your hand at something like The Sally Gardens, The Cremation of Sam McGee or Bán-Chnoic Éireann Ó, this is your chance. Bring along something you have already written and would like advice about, or even just an idea that you would like to develop, and we can work on it in a friendly, constructive way. Examples of good traditional poems and songs, long-established and contemporary will be looked at. Take the plunge and join us in the tradition, and we'll have fun along the way!

Workshop will run 9.15am – 11.15 am, Friday 21st – Sunday 23rdJune.

Venue: The Smugglers Inn

Gabriel Fitzmaurice was born, in 1952, in the village of Moyvane, Co. Kerry where he still lives. For over thirty years he taught in the local primary school from which he retired as principal in 2007. He is author of more than fifty books, including collections of poetry in English and Irish as well as several collections of verse for children. He has translated extensively from the Irish and has edited a number of anthologies of poetry in English and Irish. He has published two volumes of essays and collections of songs and ballads. Poems of his have been set to music and recorded by Brian Kennedy and performed by the RTÉ Cór na nÓg with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. He frequently broadcasts on radio and television on culture and the arts.

He has been described as “the best contemporary, traditional, popular poet in English” in Booklist (U.S),“a wonderful poet” in the Guardian,“one of Ireland’s leading poets” and “poetry’s answer to John B. Keane” in Books Ireland,“Ireland’s favourite poet for children” in Best Books! and “the Irish A.A. Milne” by Declan Kiberd in the Sunday Tribune.