Belfast with Maria McManus

This is a wonderful opportunity to discuss your poetry on a one-to-one basis with poet and tutor Maria McManus, a relaxed but in-depth analysis of your poems. Identify strategies for further developing your writing, discuss problems you may be experiencing and look at strategies for taking your work forward. There will be plenty of time to talk about all those things you need to know about writing, revising and submitting your work.

Book online or call Paul McGrane on 020 7420 9881. More dates to be announced – but get in touch as Maria may be able to run a Surgery on a date and time of your choosing.

Maria also runs Poetry Surgeries via Skype

Maria runs one-hour sessions in Belfast BT7. £40 for Poetry Society members, £50 for non-members. Book online or call Paul McGrane on 020 7420 9881. Once your session is booked, you will be asked to send up to 6 poems, or 150 lines maximum, in advance, so that Maria has sufficient time to read your poems beforehand.

About Maria McManus

Maria McManus is a poet and playwright. She has a substantial track record as a trainer and facilitator, in creative writing as well as in organisations. She has been a full-time professional writer since May 2012 after a career of 27 years in training, managerial and clinical healthcare roles.

Writing credits include, The Moon. A Plane. A Crow, (pending), which was written in homage to Georges Perec. Maria’s poetry collections are We are Bone (Lagan Press 2013), The Cello Suites (Lagan Press 2009) – recorded with an original score composed and played by the cellist Tom Hughes. Reading the Dog (Lagan Press 2006) was runner up in the 2007 Strong Awards at the Poetry Now International Festival and was also short-listed for the 2007 Glen Dimplex New Writers Award. In 2008 & 2012 she was awarded an Arts Council individual artist award. In 2005 she was awarded the inaugural Bedell Scholarship for Literature and World Citizenship, by the Aspen Writers’ Foundation, Colorado USA.  In 2008 she co-wrote Bruised for Tinderbox Theatre Company. In 2006/07 she was playwright on attachment to Tinderbox. Previous theatre credits include His n Her’s and Nowhere Harder (2006) for Replay Theatre Company, and The Black-Out Show (2006) for Red Lead Arts. A screenplay adaptation of the poetry sequence ‘Aill na Searrach; The Leap of the Foals’, was developed in 2013 with NI Screen.

What they said

Worth every penny and would certainly recommend. EM

It was great and Maria was great. Andy McB

I found my session with Maria extremely useful on a number of different levels, firstly, it gave me confidence about my work, secondly, she was able to identify weaknesses and offer strategies to support my work, and thirdly she identified prospective sites for publication.  Also, I should mention Maria was extremely encouraging and yes I would recommend her. Michelle M