Red Line Book Festival is delighted to announce that award winning writer and translator Keith Payne has been appointed as the festival’s 2020 Writer-in-Residence. As part of his residency, Payne is seeking participation from those living in the community in Tallaght, to join him in a series of workshops titled: Connection Reset 24: Attention Equals Life.
‘Tallaght has a very particular character– like many places in Ireland, it has its own folklore, it’s own formal and informal histories, its own way of walking and talking. I want to ask participants to trust this. To trust in the value and meaning of their own place’, said Keith.
'Connection Reset 24: Attention Equals Life' is an unrivalled opportunity to step outside your front door, to wander, gambol, meander and write and to be reminded that Attention equals Life. I have seen so often the epiphany of readers and members of the public, when they realize how much in common they have with their fellows from Galicia, Granada, Ghana and beyond, making for a closer community –something literature has the immense and endless power to create', continued Keith.
‘In all that I have done, inside and outside various formal education systems, my concern has been to build connections, to contribute to building community around the experience of reading and writing. Literature exists, always and everywhere, in community, it builds community, it reaches to the past, lives in the present, offers us a variety of possible futures. For me, literature and especially poetry, is an open house: my perspective in the wide variety of environments in which I have worked has been to open the doors, to make the house of poetry hospitable to all’, Keith finished.
- Connection Reset 24: Attention Equals Life is a 10-week Creative Writing course that will enable participants to deepen their sense, their sensibility and their connection to the place they call home. Accompanied by a series of carefully selected readings, participants will be equipped with the writing tools to articulate their renewed sense of home; to Reset the Connection.
- We invite participation from all of Tallaght’s diverse citizens including New Irish communities, cocooners, frontline workers and anyone – regardless of writing experience – interested in exploring Tallaght as a creative force and looking at it in a new light
- From an initial engagement through walking the selected home, participants will then learn of the architecture, the flora and fauna, the folklore and history, the memory and the hidden imagined of their place; those old ghosts lurking behind the breeze-block walls, the memories bubbling up like pebbledash as we step through the driveway into the world just beyond our doorstep.
- Through a close reading of a variety of poetry, prose, creative non-fiction and travel writing, participants will be led by experienced guides from across the globe who have written about their neighbourhood such as Werner Herzog, Frank O’Hara, Sue Goyette, Eavan Boland, Olga Novo, Mark O’Connell, Angela Long, Paula Meehan and many more.
- Workshops will begin the week of August 17 and run for 10 weeks up to and beyond the week of the 2020 Red Line Book Festival. At the end of the series a showcase of work will be presented at a location to be confirmed.
- Workshops are fully inclusive and open to all levels, from absolute beginners to experienced writers, in a safe and encouraging environment. Each participant will have the opportunity of a one-to-one detailed feedback session with the tutor
Register your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org before 12th August, 2020
About the Writer in Residence:
KEITH PAYNE was the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary Award winner 2015-2016. An award-winning poet and translator, recent collections include Broken Hill (Lapwing, Belfast, 2015); Six Galician Poets (Arc, 2016); Diary of Crosses Green, from the Galician of Martín Veiga (Francis Boutle, 2018); The Desert, from the Galician of María do Cebreiro (Shearsman, 2019, PBS Translation Choice); Second Language, from the Galician of Yolanda Castaño (Shearsman 2020) and Jewels in the Mud from the Galician of Martín Veiga (Small Stations Press, 2020). He is founder director of The La Malinche Readings Ireland / Galicia and The PoemaRia International Festival of Poetry, Vigo.
Keith has over ten years experience leading creative writing workshops, seminars and lectures both for the wider community and at University. He has facilitated workshops at The Irish Writers Centre, UCC, NUIG, The Translator’s House in Zaragoza, and the Universities of Oviedo, Granada, Santiago and A Coruña. Promoting poetry at home and abroad, he has collaborated with The Irish Embassy in Spain, Cervantes Institute Dublin, Poetry Ireland, the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig and Queen’s University Belfast.