Words, Writings and Welcomes ~ Gatherings from Ireland # 186

The Art Hand, Bonmahon, Co. Waterford
Photo: Sean Corcoran

I’ve been hearing about the wonders of writers’ groups for years  but somehow never got round to taking the plunge in a face-to-face setting.  Online groups kinda hooked me!

Everything changed last Wednesday night when I went to the inaugural meeting of  WORDS Writers Group performing @theArtHand.

The venue, The Art Hand, an art school run by Sean and Miranda Corcoran right on the stunning Copper Coast here in Co. Waterford was enough to hook me as I jump at every excuse to drive along this indescribably beautiful part of Ireland’s coastline.

The whole idea behind WORDS Writers’ Group, which was the brainchild of  Tom Power, Roisin Hackett and Sean Corcoran, is that words are what bring writers of all genres together and that sharing words (either our own work or that of others)  through performance, is a hugely inspirational and profound interpersonal experience.

WORDS founders x
Tom Power, Roisin Hackett and Sean Corcoran
Photo: Sean Corcoran

Thirty people had reserved places for the event and they were all strangers to me. It was a brilliant mix of men, women and children; people from the local area and those from much further afield who were drawn to the event ~ all with a love of words!

The sharing of  poems, stories, anecdotes, even a reading from a book by Robert Louis Stevenson about his time writing Treasure Island,  generated a surge of energy and camaraderie in the cosy room and transported me to all sorts of places of the mind, heart and world of imagination.

One of the ‘performers’ that really impressed me was  Sean Ruane, a poet, who just happened to be in the area and whose work can be heard on this link:


I’ve absolutely no idea what other writers’ groups are like and would love if you would tell me. But, for now, I’m already looking forward to the first Wednesday of August and the next gathering of  WORDS Writers Group and working on a few ideas for what I’ll write to share.

Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

6 thoughts on “Words, Writings and Welcomes ~ Gatherings from Ireland # 186”

  1. I belong to two wonderful, but totally different writing groups and value my membership of both of them. We share, we learn from and support each other. And as you say, words are what its all about.

    1. Hi Val, thanks for writing. How interesting that you belong to two that differ totally from each other ~ needless to say I’d love to hear more about them!

  2. It sounds like the sort of inspiration I got from attending my recent writers’ conference. It cannot but help one’s creativity being in that sort of company, and on a regular basis too.

    1. Roy, I think you’re spot on about the regularity aspect. Your writers’ conference sounded great but I find one of the issues with conferences is that the inspiration can be short-lived ~ though not always. Inspiration is such a key, isn’t it?

  3. Marylin, lovely to hear from you. Yes, I feel like I’m very fortunate with this Group. Sounds like you might have some words of wisdom from your positive and negative experiences!

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