In House Writers Assembly

In House Writers Assembly

Monday, 03 November 2014

Members of the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA), Carlow were joined by family, friends, supporters and other writers as they launched their first publication, ‘In House Writers Assembly’ at the IWA Resource and Outreach Centre, Kilkenny Road today.

Through the Association’s network of 57 Resource and Outreach Centres around Ireland, IWA provides education and recreation facilities as well as a range of essential personal supports to individuals of all age groups within their community. The publication, ‘In House Writers Assembly’, was produced as part of a creative writing workshop, a weekly programme organised by the Association and the Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board. ‘In House Writers Assembly’ includes a selection of; short stories, poems and reflections and is available to purchase directly from IWA for just €5.00.

Speaking at the event today, County Librarian Josephine Coyne said:

This anthology contains wonderful stories and poems which takes the reader on a journey of love, compassion, loss, humour and healing. It will remain a testament to the creativity and imagination of all 12 writers and Carlow County Library Service is very proud to have this book as part of its collection.

In total 12 amateur writers developed and advanced their writing skills over the course of 12weeks, working alongside their tutor Lissa Oliver, a freelance horseracing journalist, broadcaster and researcher, from the Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board. Lissa encouraged the participants to develop their creativity through writing. Many unique, emotive and insightful pieces were produced and the members of the Association selected their personal bests or favourite draft for inclusion in the publication.

Catherine McDermott, a member of the Creative Writing Group who produced a short fiction ‘Priscilla’s Story’ for the publication was delighted to have the book officially launched today and said:

It is a huge achievement to have our work published. The creative writing workshop was a very popular course in the Resource and Outreach Centre and we hope to extend the group in the future and continue with a more advanced class and build on the knowledge and experience we gained from preparing the content for ‘In House Writers Assembly’. I hope the local community will support us and our work by purchasing a copy of the book.

'In House Writers Assembly' is available to purchase from the IWA Resource and Outreach Centre, Kilkenny Road, Co. Carlow for €5:00. All proceeds raised from sales of the publication will be immediately invested into the range of services which IWA provides to people with physical disabilities and other mobility impairments in Carlow and the surrounding areas. For further information about the Irish Wheelchair Association visit or email

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