Writing Place Workshop

11am-1pm Thursday 13 April

Photographic album

– with Dr Nathan O’Donnell

Open to beginners as well as those with some writing experience, this workshop will combine a presentation with creative writing exercises to ask how writing can engage with the built environment. Using medieval maps as a prompt, the session will focus upon the development of Trinity College as an early boundary between city and wilderness, exploring how urban spaces tell particular narratives, but also how we might resist or rewrite those narratives to tell alternative stories. As such, the session will be responding to the built environment but also questioning its parameters and functions. We will look at examples of travel writing and narrative non-fiction that do this in interesting ways, and a series of writing exercises will enable participants to create a set of psychological maps of their own. We will be limiting numbers for this workshop. If you would like to participate in this workshop, please send an expression of interest to Julie Bates (batesju@tcd.ie)

Nathan O’Donnell is a writer of fiction and criticism, and co-editor of the journal of contemporary art criticism Paper Visual Art. He has published in The Dublin Review, New Irish Writing, The Manchester Review, gorse journal, The Irish Times, Apollo, this is tomorrow, and Architecture Ireland, amongst others. In 2015 he was nominated for a Hennessy Award and he has been awarded bursaries from the Arts Council of Ireland and Dublin City Council. He has designed several creative writing and magazine-publishing projects, including Inverse (a project for LGBT young people) Making Manifestos (part of the Ireland 2016 programme at the DLR Lexicon and the National Print Museum) and a forthcoming curated residency for artists and writers at Cow House Studios that will explore cartography and publishing. He has also recently been awarded a public art commission by South Dublin County Council for a site-specific project focused upon print culture and protest, The Mill. He teaches at the National College of Art and Design and Trinity College Dublin and his first book is forthcoming from Liverpool University Press.


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