See & Do
Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat is a tranquil spot set apart to nurture and to provide sanctuary for novice as well as experienced people working in the creative arts. Whether you retreat to work on your own project or as part of a workshop retreat group, you will find support, creature comforts, and peace – all you need to do your best work.
An all-inclusive, year-round residential retreat, Anam Cara offers private as well as common working rooms and five acres of walking paths, quiet nooks and crannies, gardens, a labyrinth meadow, cascades and a river island.
To help fulfil Anam Cara’s purpose and to let the breezes off Coulagh Bay clear your creative path, we recommend a stay of at least a week. Your hostess, Sue Booth-Forbes, an experienced writer and editor creates an ambience and a daily schedule for you to focus your energies on your artistic endeavours.
In the evenings you may wish to share your work in conversation with others in front of a turf fire or simply watch the sun set in the magical west of Ireland sky.
Contact us for more information about Anam Cara and our creative workshop retreats.
Diving into the Mystery: Studies in the Creative Process
As a fundraiser for Pieta House (https://www.pieta.ie/), whose mission it is to support those threatened by self-harm or suicide, Anam Cara Publishing has published Diving into the Mystery: Studies in the Creative Process, a book which illustrates how creativity can play an important role in people’s well-being.
For this anthology, 54 former residents and supporters generously contributed their personal essays in which they explore the many aspects and results of their creative processes. Sales of the book have already raised €2000 for Pieta House, and a second printing is on order.
All proceeds go to Pieta House.
The Mythic Imagination: A Creative Writing Workshop
6th - 12th July 2019
Adam Wyeth (www.adamwyeth.com) is returning to Anam Cara to lead a workshop in exploring Celtic mythology as inspiration for creative writers. If you have been thinking about enhancing your own writing gifts, join Adam and his group. Adam and his expertise and experience as writer and teacher offer an incredible opportunity for you to do just that!
Returning this year with his exciting and accessible creative writing workshop, Adam Wyeth (author of The Hidden World of Poetry: Unravelling Celtic mythology in Contemporary Irish Poetry) will take you on a journey through the great panoply of Celtic myth, revealing how these ancient narratives and traditions are deeply intertwined into the fabric of our daily lives.
Mythology and folklore is humanity attempting to explain the world to itself. By understanding myth, we tap into the deep root of the personal and collective unconscious.As each generation re-visits these tales, our personal and expanding lives offer fresh interpretations to these age-old myths.
It’s Never Too Late to Write! Led by Vanessa Gebbie
1st - 7th September 2019
Writing, including learning to write well and then finding ways to share your work with readers is not restricted to those with youth on their side. Writing is for us all – but sometimes, you’d be forgiven for thinking it isn’t.
Maybe you’ve tried to write, and life has got in the way. You are not alone – many of us make a real effort to fit our creative endeavours around lives already busy with jobs, family, other responsibilities.
This is an invitation to give yourself a gift – the gift of time at Anam Cara, for yourself.
Remind yourself that you can do this, and give yourself an opportunity to kick start those wonderful ideas that keep popping up, supported by an experienced tutor who didn’t start writing herself until … well, you’ll find out!
Now, with her tenth book on the shelves, Vanessa Gebbie will support you, sharing her experience and her love of writing – whether you want to focus on short fiction, novel-length fiction, poetry, memoir.
Who knows, this busy week, in the company of like-minded creatives, might be a life-changer.
Vanessa Gebbie’s first book, Words from a Glass Bubble (Salt Modern Fiction), containing many of her prize-winning short stories, was published in 2008. Her books since include The Coward’s Tale (a novel, Bloomsbury UK/USA 2011) which became a Financial Times Novel of the Year and won her a Gladstone’s Library Residency; two further collections of short stories (2010 and 2017); and two collections of poetry, the first of which, a pamphlet entitled The Half-Life of Fathers (Pighog Publishing), was chosen by the TLS as one of the best of 2012. She was also commissioned to create a textbook on writing - the result, Short Circuit: Guide to the Art of the Short Story, including craft chapters by 26 acclaimed writers of the form, is recommended reading on many Creative Writing courses in the UK and beyond. Her 10th book, a collection of short, short fictions entitled Nothing to Worry About, is forthcoming in 2018 from Flash International at Chester University.
She particularly enjoys where her writing has taken her: into teaching and mentoring widely, passing on her love of writing to both young people and adults, to different places both in the UK and abroad, and into creative collaborations with other artists. A particular interest is the Great War and she organises visits to the Western Front every year. Her collection Memorandum: Poems for the Fallen (Cultured Llama Books, 2016) inspired three visual artists to create artworks in response in painted glass, photography and letter-cutting on Welsh slate. The resulting exhibition: Reflections, the response of four women artists to the Great War centenary, has been touring venues in Sussex, where she lives.
She is hugely grateful that her work has been supported by The Arts Council Grants for the Arts, residencies at both Gladstone’s Library and Anam Cara Writers And Artists’ Retreat in Ireland, and a Hawthornden Fellowship.
The road winds ahead toward another destination, another adventure. Through rock and rush, from sea to sky, let Beara take you on a voyage of discovery.