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Thank you for your great response to our first Inspiring Poetry Course of 2021.

Due to the high volume of enquires for this Course we are running the course again on the 24th May for 6 weeks. Please register your interest by emailing

Facilitator: Ron Carey

Inspiring Poets - Inspiring Poetry.

The sole purpose of this course is to inspire you to write poetry. Here are some definitions of inspiring: uplifting, encouraging, exciting, moving, affecting, stirring, stimulating, rousing, exhilarating, heartening, all we need in these trying times. And here are some poets whose poetry inspires and encourages us, Mary Oliver, Rumi, Wendell Berry, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Emily Dickinson, some of the greatest poets of any age. And these are the poets whose lives and poetry you will be studying in this new and stimulating course.

Each weekly module will cover the life and work of a famous and inspiring poet. Each module will contain exercises to stimulate your poetic impulse. This will be followed by a Zoom meeting every Saturday morning. This will allow you to contribute to the debate, discuss the poets, their work, and your response. The participants will be encouraged to work on their poetry (inspired by the course and/or in whichever direction their Muse takes them) and send it to the facilitator for appraisal. The final module will include an invitation to a special online reading by the course participants. All course modules available - 


There will be a Zoom meeting each Saturday morning at the end of each module* for all those who wish to take part. *(You can be part of the course without participating in the Zoom meetings). This will allow participants to contribute to the conversation and give their response to the module. All work presented by participants will receive personal feedback from the facilitator.

The course fee is €90. Please read our Terms and Conditions (link below) before booking.

Numbers are limited, so please book early. For confirmation of your place, please email your details and the PayPal payment number to

Ron Carey holds a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of South Wales. He has been a prize winner and finalist in many international poetry competitions, including the Lightship Poetry Prize, the Bridport Prize, Cinnamon Press Awards, Fish International Poetry Prize, Gregory O Donoghue Poetry Prize, Hugh O Flaherty Poetry Award, iYeats Poetry Prize, the Wasafiri New Writing Prize, Strokestown International Prize and the Allingham Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in New Irish Writing, the Irish Times as well as in many anthologies and magazines. He was a guest on the Poetry Programme with Olivia O Leary in 2019. Poems from his  first collection were awarded a Special Commendation in the Patrick Kavanagh Awards. His first collection, DISTANCE, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize Best First Collection, UK and Ireland. Revival Press published his second collection, Racing Down the Sun, in 2018. Over the last five years, Ron has been running Creative Writing and Poetry Courses in Limerick and Dublin and has been an Editor on four Creative Writing Anthologies.   

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