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Big Book Club at the Coach House

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Key Information:
Class Size: 10 - 50 people
Destination: Ireland  
Category: Writers Workshops
Specialty: Autobiography/memoir, Fiction, Poetry  
Season: January - December
Courses Per Year: 2
Course Level: Beginner
Min Price: 100 Euro (EUR) per person
Max Price: 110 Euro (EUR) per person

This is an opportunity for book groups and readers to come together and discuss a selection of works by contemporary Irish writers (March) and poets (September). Upon booking, the titles of two selected books will be issued. The day will include facilitated discussions in small groups for each of the chosen books. After lunch, there will be an interactive session considering book groups – how to run one; what works and what doesn't – a general "pooling" of ideas, followed by a "lecture" about Irish writing.

After a break at the end of the afternoon there will be an early evening drinks party, including a reading by, and opportunity for discussion with one of the chosen authors over a glass of wine - before leaving for dinner in Kinsale. All this will happen in the relaxed atmosphere of our beautiful Art Gallery.

Authors for 2009 Book Club events will be finalized, but are planned to include Alannah Hopkin, established Irish travel writer and author of the acclaimed "Eating Scenery". Alannah has published two novels and several works of non-fiction. She is a regular contributor of literary, visual arts, theatre and music reviews to national newspapers and magazines.

Also invited is David Mitchell. Mitchell's first novel, Ghostwritten, won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize (for best work of British literature written by an author under 35) and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Prize. His two subsequent novels, number9dream (2001) and Cloud Atlas (2004), were both shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. In 2003, he was selected as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists. In 2007, Mitchell was listed among Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in The World

Faculty Information:
Authors for 2009 Book Club events will be finalized, but are planned to include Alannah Hopkin, established Irish travel writer and author of the acclaimed "Eating Scenery". Also invited is David Mitchell. Mitchell's first novel, Ghostwritten, won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize (for best work of British literature written by an author under 35) and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Prize.

Other Activities:
The school provides literary, arts and crafts courses for adults and children, specializing in pottery, art, drawing and painting, glass fusing and stained glass, bronze casting, silk painting and mosaic-making.

Facility Information:
The school provides literary, arts and crafts courses for adults and children, specializing in pottery, art, drawing and painting, glass fusing and stained glass, bronze casting, silk painting and mosaic-making. We run weekly morning and evening classes, weekend breaks, summer schools and tailor-made workshops for corporate groups and private parties. There are two teaching rooms, each of which can accommodate up to 20 people, so a group of 40 can be booked.

Note: This teaching center does not affiliate with state education facilities and provides courses without examinations for enthusiasts.
We can accommodate up to 20 people in one class and up to 40 in a group, or as few as two or three at a time. All our courses suit beginners, enthusiasts and professionals, using a wide range of facilities and techniques. The pottery includes electric and raku kilns, stoneware and earthenware clays, and we teach throwing, hand-building and all varieties of glazing.

The school is situated just 20 minutes from Cork Airport, close to the center of the beautiful historic harbor of Kinsale, famed for its restaurants and shops. The pottery is in the converted stables of the home farm for Ballinacurra House, and the gallery is in the eaves of its coach house, which dates back to 1795.

Since 2001, we have provided classes and courses to suit all levels of skill and experience ranging from the complete beginner through to exhibitor standard and the school has become the largest and most established center of its kind in Ireland. We stock a wide selection of clays and glazes, our pottery courses cover the full range of ceramics and sculpting techniques.

Kinsale is internationally renowned for its cuisine, its cosmopolitan style and the beauty of its harbor. There are many excellent pubs and restaurants in the town, as well as a wide range of art and craft shops. What better place to learn a craft, or take a break.

Notes:
€110 per person including buffet lunch and wine reception. Bring a friend for €100. Package weekends with local hotels are available on request.

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