Nichola McLachlan poet dingle literary festival writers workshops

Nicholas McLachlan is a founding member of tthe organising committee that organises the Dingle Literary Festival and a key leader of programme of Writers’ Workshops. Nicholas is a writer and teacher of poetry and fiction. His first collection of poetry, The Rain Barrel, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2015. His second collection is due in 2022. He received the Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship for 2016. He mentors individual writers and teaches creative writing, poetry and fiction to university, school and community groups.

For fifteen years from 1995-2010 he was director of Dingle Writing Courses which delivered an annual programme of residential creative writing courses in Irish and English. Many well-known Irish, UK and American writers tutored on the programme.

He has produced and edited Ildána, a bi-lingual book of west Kerry art and writing (2008) and 80 MPH, A Festschrift for Leland Bardwell (2002).

His poems have appeared widely in journals and anthologies, as well as in broadsheets, artist catalogues and festschrifts. His short stories have been published in The Irish Times, the Cork Literary Review, Force 10 and Cyphers.

He is an experienced facilitator and trainer, has worked with adults, early-school leavers and transition year students in a variety of settings for organisations such as Fás, Fás External Training, Foróige and Comhairle le Leas Óige, the youth section of the City of Dublin VEC and the Presentation Girls Secondary School, Dingle.

He is an approved tutor with the Kerry Further Education and Training Board and teaches Creative Writing and Poetry courses for the Adult Education programme in Dingle. He is Garda vetted and has completed the Introduction to Children First elearning programme.

He also mentors on the Casa Ana spring writers’ retreat in the Alpujarras, Andalucia, Spain and on the West Virginia Wesleyan College MFA Ireland programme.

Writing is in his blood. His mother is the poet and novelist, Leland Bardwell.

Book You Place on the Online poetry workshop hosted by Eileen Sheehan and Nicholas McLachlan on Saturday 21 November from 2.00pm IST/GMT