Windows Literary Weekend

Windows Literary Weekend in association with Cavan Arts & Cavan Crystal Hotel Sat 9th/Sun 10th May 2015.


Tony Curtis Heather Brett Noel Monahan & Cavan County Choir with Blánaid Murphy Workshops, words and uplifting music celebrating 23 years of literature and arts in Cavan from Windows Publications.


This weekend in association with cavan Arts, Windows Publications presents workshops for young and older writers; a reading by Dublin poet Tony Curtis; choral performances from Cavan County Choir; a book launch by Heather Brett and finally a splendid award ceremony celebrating creativity in young people.


For more information or to book your place at any of the workshops please contact:

Heather Brett 08705347373 or by email

Cavan Arts Office on 0494378548

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Saturday 9th May Cavan Crystal Hotel:

11am - 1pm Poetry Workshops with Heather Brett

2-5pm Masterclass in Poetry with Noel Monahan

8pm Tony Curtis with a performance by Cavan County Choir.  Event hosts Heather Brett & Noel Monahan.


Sunday 10th May Cavan Crystal Hotel:

4pm Windows Publications 23rd National Poetry Awards.

‘Witness’ by Heather Brett Fourth collection of poetry Book Launch 4pm with a performance by Cavan County Choir.


11.00am -1.00pm Workshop for younger poets (9 -13yrs) with Heather Brett €10

2.00am - 4.30pm Masterclass in Poetry ‘Aspects of Wordfarming’ with Noel Monahan €20


Noel Monahan has seven collections of poetry, his most recent ‘Where The Wind Sleeps’ New & Selected Poems, Salmon May 2014. Literary awards include The SeaCat National Award by Poetry Ireland, The William Allingham Poetry Award, The Kilkenny Poetry Prize and The PJ O’Connor RTE Radio Drama Award. His work has been translated into Italian, French, Romanian and Russian and his poetry was prescribed text for the Leaving Certificate English. He holds an MA in Creative Writingand is co-editor of Windows Publications.


Heather Brett was born in Newfoundland, Canada, raised in Northern Ireland and has spent the last 26 years in Cavan. She has been Writer-in-Residence for Cavan & Louth and has edited around forty anthologies. Heather is editor of Windows Publications with a special interest in younger writers. Her fourth collection of poetry entitled ‘Witness’ will be launched this weekend on Sunday 10th May at 4pm


Tony Curtis, multi award winning poet was born Dublin, studied literature at the University of Essex and Trinity College, Dublin. The author of twelve books, his most recent ‘Folk’ (2010) is rich and overspilling with poems you want to return to time and again. Tony, who has read worldwide, has just completed a reading tour of American universities.


Blánaid Murphy has been Choral Director of the RTE Children’s Choir Cór na nÓg and is currently Musical Director of Dublin Bach Singers, Carlow Choral Society and the Royal Irish Academy of Music Chorale. She has released many recordings and in January 2013 at the invitation of the Sistine Chapel Choir, she directed the Palestrina Choir singing at Papal Mass in St Peter’s Basilica. Since 2013 she has been director of Cavan’s County Choir, as part of Culture Cavan.


Cavan County Choir have been together since 2013 under the direction Blánaid Murphy. In 2014 ’Testament’ by Heather Brett was set to music by award winning composer Sean Doherty and performed by the choir in the Cavan Burren Park.


4pm Windows Publications 23rd National Poetry Awards Celebrating creativity in young people.


‘Witness’ by Heather Brett Book Launch 4pm Fourth Collection from Cavan poet/ artist who was recently awarded a Cavan County Council Professional Development Award.


Heather Brett & Noel Monahan will host the event and guests will include Jack Keyes, former Manager with Cavan County Council. Cavan County Choir will give a performance under the direction of Blánaid Murph. Finger food and refreshments will be served by Cavan Crystal Hotel. Windows Publications would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all those who supported and sponosred the weekend and the awards.


29 Mar 2015


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