Fred Johnston commences his Creative Writing course at NUIG
Writer FRED JOHNSTON starts Creative Writing Thursday week ending October 1st at 7.30-9.30pm: room MY 124, NUIGalway. His most recent publication is a second collection of stories, ‘Dancing In The Asylum,’ (Parthian, UK.) Founder of Galway’s annual Cúirt literature festival in 1986, he was born in Belfast and educated there and Toronto, Canada. In 2004 he was appointed Writer in Residence to the Princess Grace Irish Library at Monaco. He is founder/director of the Western Writers’ Centre – *Ionad Scribhneoiri Chaitlin Maude* – based in Galway: the Centre runs the annual Forge at Gort Literature Festival and, more recently, the Dylan Thomas Literary Weekend in Ennistymon, Co. Clare. For some years he has written and published work in French, as well as in English. In 2002 he received a Prix de l’Ambassade for translation work. A founder, with Neil Jordan and Peter Sheridan, of the old Irish Writers’ Co-operative in the ‘Seventies in Dublin, he received a Hennessy Literary Award for prose in 1972, before working on PR for the Hennessy Awards for a period.
The course will deal with poetry and prose, with an emphasis on studying the structures and formations of poetry and on reading material in both prose and poetry.