Propel Online: Research for Writing about Specific Subjects with Kevin Connolly: Session 3: Historical EventsIrish Writers Centre Dublin
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Propel Online: Research for Writing about Specific Subjects with Kevin Connolly: Session 3: Historical Events

Regular price €43.00

Date: Sat 17 July 2021
Time: 10.00 am - 1.00 pm
Duration: 1 Day
Cost: €48/€43 members

Course Level: Professional Development

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Course Summary:
These individual workshops form a series of Professional Development workshops for writers who wish to obtain the tools to pursue in-depth research into particular topics. For writers of fiction as well as non-fiction, each session will focus on specific areas of research for your writing project. 
Course Outline:


  • Basic Resources and Introduction to Databases
  • Publicly Accessible Digital Resources
  • Search Tools and Techniques
  • Citation, Copyright and Plagiarism
  • Managing Research (Collection/Storage/Access)

Historical Events:

Using a variety of resources, explore historical events that interest you and which provide an historical backcloth for a writing project.

Kevin Connolly is the author of Yeats and Sligo, Brandon Books, 2010 and Arise and Go: W.B. Yeats and the People and Places that Inspired Him, O’Brien Press, 2019. His writings have been published in journals and newspapers both in Ireland and abroad. He possesses a Masters Degree in Library Science with an emphasis on academic research. Kevin was the founder and owner of The Winding Stair Bookshops and Cafés in Dublin and Sligo (1982-2006). He lives in rural Sligo.

Reviews of Arise and Go: W.B. Yeats and People and Places that Inspired Him (O’Brien Press, 2019).

“The idea of place runs like a river through the life and works of the poet and playwright W.B. Yeats. This book focuses on his time in Dublin, London, Sligo and elsewhere in the west of Ireland, embracing the homes, landscapes and people that impacted his life and stimulated his vast body of work. Meet the poet’s father, the struggling artist John Butler Yeats; his mother Susan, his five siblings: Lily and Lolly, guiding lights in the Irish Arts and Crafts movement; Jack, the renowned painter; and Bobbie and Jane Grace, who died in infancy. Meet William Morris, John O’Leary, Katharine Tynan, George Moore, Oscar Wilde, Lady Gregory, Douglas Hyde, George Hyde-Lees, and, of course, Maud Gonne, as well as countless others who helped weave the cloth of Yeats’s poetic gift.” (Book blurb)

 “I must say the author does a masterful job. If you like Yeats, this is a wonderful book. If you've never met any of Yeats's poems, this book introduces you to many of them in the greater context of describing the places Yeats lived and the people he was close to.” (Paul Coleman, USA)

Connolly’s impressive tome introduces us to the great poet’s family, friends, lovers and cultural icons who helped embroider the cloth of Yeats’s poetic gift. (The Irish Post)

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