The six-week writing course which is open to Cork people who have moved abroad but still call Cork home or those who have moved to Ireland and are newfound Cork residents, will be a fantastic opportunity for people of all skills and ages to learn from such an incredible essayist and commentator as Maeve. With participants coming from diasporic communities, themes such as migration, home and belonging will be explored in a collaborative way.
To launch the project, we asked Maeve to reveal the places throughout her own home city which have inspired her creativity.
“I’m a writer and I grew up in Cork, and I tend to think those two facts are related. During lockdown, I’ve been facilitating a creative non-fiction writing workshop online for other Corkonians. The twist? Many of the participants, myself included, now live abroad. Others have moved to Cork from abroad. It’s a workshop for the diaspora, rooted in Cork, and it’s reignited my curiosity about place and creativity. As a fun exercise, I’ve singled out some specific parts of the city and county that could awaken anybody’s creative spirit.”