Henrietta McKervey Irish Writers Centre Dublin

Focus Your Form: Research with Henrietta McKervey

Starts: Mon 25 March 2019
Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm
Duration:  2 Weeks 
Cost: €90/€80 Members

Do shotguns use cartridges or bullets? What’s wrong when Cassius in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar says,“The clock hath stricken three”? 

This two-session workshop will explore the how-what-where of research. The first session explores various research sources in both historical and contemporary writing: how to find them, how to apply them. Settings in Henrietta's novels have included 1960s Dublin; contemporary Ireland; and London in 1919 and 2018, so the second session explores how to research social, political, and cultural history in order to write authentically about specific eras. 

Facilitated by writer Henrietta McKervey, the mix of tips, useful advice and practical exercises will show how research can bring life to your fiction (and your fiction to life).

Useful for all long-form writing, including fiction, writing for radio and screen.

Henrietta McKervey has published three novels. Her awards include a Hennessy First Fiction Award, the inaugural Maeve Binchy UCD Travel Award, and the IWC Jack Harte Bursary. Her recent research topics have included RTÉ in the 1960s, the Met Police Super Recogniser Unit, World War I plastic surgery techniques, and the 31 sea areas of the Shipping Forecast.


'Henrietta McKervey is a storyteller of rare gifts. Violet Hill is a wonderfully assured and compelling novel, so evocative of a London that has long ceased to be, yet crackling on every page with urgently contemporary resonance and meaning. I could not put it down.' Joseph O'Connor 


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