Association of Writing Programs Conference, New York City, 30th January – 2nd February

February 6, 2008

Nessa O’Mahony has just attended the AWP annual conference in New York, and took part in a panel discussion on creative writing research. The Conference was attended by a staggering 7,500 people and featured some wonderful readings from the like of Galway Kinnell, Carolyn Fourche, Sharon Olds, Frank McCourt, Billy Collins and Martin Amis.


Workshops / teaching

November 16, 2007

I’m currently teaching intermediate creative writing at the Irish Writers Centre – more details at


I’m also giving a four day residential workshop, along with Peter Salisbury, at the wonderful Anam Cara Artists Retreat , Beara Peninsula, West Cork, from Thursday 1st July 2010 to Sunday 4th July. The theme is finding stories through creative writing and drama – you’ll get more details on the Anam Cara website at




November 16, 2007

Nessa has published two poetry collections.

Bar Talk (iTaLiCs Press) in 1999.

Bar Talk is out of print but can be downloaded online from the wonderful Irish Literary Revival website at http://www.irishliteraryrevival.com.

Trapping a Ghost (Bluechrome) in 2005.

Copies of Trapping a Ghost can be ordered on the Bluechrome website at http://www.bluechrome.co.uk

A third collection, The Side Road To Star, is forthcoming.

She has also completed a Verse Novel, titled In Sight of Home.  This was published by Salmon Poetry in May 2009 and copies can be bought from all good book shops, or from http://www.salmonpoetry.com


Nessa’s blog and website

October 26, 2007

Hi there world.

I’ve decided to create my own web space. People kept asking me if I had a website and I thought it was about time I dipped my own toe in the cyber-pool. Here I’ll post news of events, readings, workshops and anything else that strikes me as half-interesting. There’ll be links to interesting websites, excerpts from new work and work in progress (gulp) and anything else that strikes me. I’m hoping my friends and fellow writers will get involved too. So, enjoy!