Forgotten Voices writing workshop at Belfast Cathedral

Tuesday August 24th 2021

Deirdre Cartmill, Writer in Residence at Belfast Cathedral.

Deirdre Cartmill, Writer in Residence at Belfast Cathedral.

St Anne’s Cathedral Writer in Residence, Deirdre Cartmill, will be running a writing workshop in the cathedral’s Chapel of Unity on Saturday September 25.

Everyone is welcome to this day of inspiration and practical guidance, including new writers and seasoned professionals. The theme for the workshop is ‘Forgotten Voices.’

Deirdre said: “We’ll start by uncovering your forgotten voice – the voice of the things you’re crying out to say, the voice of your forgotten hopes and dreams. Then we’ll explore other forgotten voices – voices from your past, the forgotten voices of your loved ones, or voices lost in history.

“There will be time set aside within the workshop to explore the cathedral and be inspired by this beautiful space. Uncover the forgotten voices hidden here, or simply find inspiration in its beauty, bustle, history and its atmosphere of peace and reflection.”

There is also the potential for some of the work produced to be shared on the cathedral’s website and across social media.

Deirdre added: “This workshop will inspire, no matter what form you’re writing in – whether it’s poetry, prose or drama.”

The cost is £15/£12. There will be free car parking at the cathedral for attendees. Places are limited to 12 so please book early.

Bookings can be made by emailing or by calling the cathedral on 028 9032 8332. Please visit the cathedral website for Covid safety regulations.


Deirdre Cartmill is an award-winning poet, writer and screenwriter. She has published two poetry collections with Lagan Press, The Return of the Buffalo and Midnight Solo.

She was Monaghan County Libraries Writer in Residence 2020 and has previously been IWC Roaming Writer in Residence, IWC Community Writer in Residence with Women’s Aid, and joint Artist in Residence at the Belfast International Arts Festival. She co-commissioned and curated Ireland’s first poetry jukebox which is now a permanent installation in Belfast. She is one of the originating artists on the collaborative project Bridging the Silence – a poetic audio walk and installation shown on pedestrian bridges which gives a voice to survivors of abuse and political violence.



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