Date: November 11, 2023

Time: 11.00am-1.00pm

Duration: 2 hours

Cost: €5 (€3 IWC members, free for unwaged)

Location: Irish Writers Centre

This session will take place on Saturday 11 November, 2023 at the Irish Writers Centre (one session in total).

Cauvery Madhaven

Join facilitator for two hours of creative writing exercises in a supportive workshop environment. Share your thoughts and life experiences through new pieces of poetry or prose in a variety of genres.

Who is this programme for?

BEYOND New Irish Communities (NIC) is a programme to encourage writers of diverse ethnicities to participate in specially curated creative writing workshops. BEYOND NIC may be of interest to you if you are living on the island of Ireland and if:

– English or Irish is not your first language OR
– You are Irish from a diverse background OR
– You are living in direct provision OR
– You think you might be an ideal BEYOND NIC participant
– Or a combination of the above

then BEYOND NIC is designed for you. If English is not your first language, you are welcome, however some proficiency in writing in English is recommended, as the sessions are all held in English. This programme is tailored for beginner and emerging writers. There is no selection process to belong to BEYOND NIC and if you think you’d like to join, you are welcome to sign up to one or more sessions.

What do we do in these workshop sessions?

Each session lasts two hours and will consist of the following:

• Creative writing exercises
• Close readings
• Group discussion
• Critique and feedback of work
• Recommended reading

We hope BEYOND NIC will be a valuable space where writers can make connections, learn to write creatively, and perhaps, to work together over time. However, each session functions as a stand-alone workshop, so don’t worry, it is not necessary to have attended any previous BEYOND NIC sessions to drop in at any point.

Award winning writer Cauvery Madhavan was born in India and moved to Ireland thirty four years ago. Her first two books Paddy Indian and The Uncoupling (both with Penguin India and BlackAmber, UK) were published to wide critical acclaim.

Her latest novel, The Tainted, (HopeRoad, UK and Speaking Tiger, India) was chosen by Laureate Sebastian Barry for his Laureate Picks 2020. In the same year it was also one of An Post Book Awards’ Top Summer Reads . The book was awarded the runner-up prize in SAHR Prize for Military Fiction and chosen by The Times, UK, for their list of top 40 Historical Fiction novels.

Cauvery is a proud ambassador for the Play It Forward Fellowship and served as a judge for the Irish Novel Fair 2022.

She lives with her husband and three children in County Kildare and is working on her fourth novel.


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