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Carrick-on-Suir – Poetry Town for Tipperary – Visual Poetry Workshop with Michelle Moloney King

  An initiate by Poetry Ireland and organised for Carrick by Margaret O’Brien, creative writing facilitator at  Brewery Lane (and so much more red issue II of Beir Bua Journal to get a border idea as we featured O’Brien in an interview)  and Linda Fahy, of the Tudor Artisan Hub. The Hub is a vibrant & quirky Aladdin’s cave of creative gifts & treasures, an eclectic collective of over 50 artists from the Carrick-on-Suir and beyond. Image created by Poetry Ireland.

They asked me to facilitate a Visual Poetry workshop for members of the cycling club. This was a very impressive set up with Carrick’s Poet Laureate, Billy Fenton, organiser Margaret O’Brien,  Laura E. Regan, taking illustrative notes. Article from The Nationalist here. I want to interject and point you to The Tudor Artisan Hub virtual tour. How fab, such innovation!

Poetry In Motion VisPo Workshop


 A VisPo (Visual Poetry) workshop with cyclists of Carrick-on-Suir, the hometown of cycling legends Sam Bennett and Sean Kelly.  Image was taken by Margaret O’Brien of Billy Fenton showing us his colourful hands after creating a visual poem. This VisPo workshop, Poetry in Motion, will be facilitated by Michelle Moloney King of Beir Bua Press and will capture in words and images the experiences of those who :

  • • know a sprocket from a derailleur and a quick-shift from a tubular  
  • • compete or have competed  
  • • are part of the support network that keeps those wheels turning  
  • • know the highs and are familiar with the lows  

Honestly, this was a great workshop due to the people present, so open and unsure of what visual poetry is or can be and so creative and eager to create. It took palace in Brewery Lane which is spectacular. Margaret O’Brien holds writing workshops here so keep an eye on her social for details.

I aim to share some of the finished work from the workshop, at some stage, on the journal.

By Michelle Moloney King

Artist. Poetish.