May 25, 2024


Irish Writers Centre

€5 (€3 IWC members, free for unwaged)

Location: Irish Writers Centre

This session will take place on Saturday 25 May, 2024 at the Irish Writers Centre (one session in total).

Please note you must be 18 years of age or older to attend. 

Register here
Join facilitator Amy Abdullah Barry 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.

New Irish Communities was established in 2015 by the Irish Writers Centre and is funded by Dublin City Council. The mission of the group is to create access for non-native English speakers to write creatively in English. These sessions are ideal for beginner and emerging writers.

How does New Irish Communities work?

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

• Creative writing exercises

• Close readings

• Group discussion

• Critique and feedback of work

• Recommended reading

New Irish Communities is a space for writers to make connections and learn to write creatively with an experienced facilitator.

Please note, it is not necessary to have attended any previous New Irish Communities sessions to join in, but it is necessary to sign up.

Amy Abdullah Barry is a short story writer, poet, facilitator, and event coordinator. She is published widely including Cyphers, Southword, London Tribune, Paris Lit Up, The Galway Review, RTE and elsewhere. Her poems have been translated into many languages. Chosen for the Poetry Ireland Introduction Series 2022. A travel lover, she previously worked in the media, hotel, and energy industry. Amy has been awarded literature bursaries from the Arts Council and Words Ireland. She is an Honorary member of the Pablo Neruda Association, Italy. Amy is the founder of Global Writers. She regularly organises poetry & music events in her hometown, Athlone. She has performed her work in Ireland and internationally. Flirting with Tigers is her debut collection of poems published by Dedalus Press. The review in Irish Times praising it as being driven by narrative juxtapositions: stories of home and abroad, Malaysia’s Penang and Roscommon.

Access our Building

The Irish Writers Centre is currently housed in 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1. This is a Georgian building which unfortunately does not have a lift. There are 5 steps into the entrance level. The majority of the event’s activities will take place in the Strong room which is on the second floor and requires climbing 55 steps in total. Please do inform us of any accessibility requirements you might have before the event so we can make any necessary arrangements.

If you have any questions about the event, please email

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