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Switching Off and Being Creative

Switching Off

Creative Writing Course for Beginners with Tanya Farrelly

10 week creative writing course via Zoom

 In this workshop attendees will look at the key aspects of fiction writing, exploring the overlaps and distinct differences between flash fiction, the short story and the novel. You will look at the importance of language and imagery in the “short, short story” as well as the importance of character, plot, point of view, dialogue, conflict and setting in all three forms. With the aid of writing prompts, participants will have the chance to put into practice what they have learned, receiving feedback on their work in a fun and supportive environment.

The course will be delivered by author, Tanya Farrelly on Zoom. Participants will need to be comfortable using Zoom. Tanya is an author,, events moderator and creative writing facilitator. The author of three books: When Black Dogs Sing, a short story collection (Winner of the Kate O’ Brien Award 2017), and two novels The Girl Behind the Lens and When Your Eyes Close, both best-selling literary thrillers published by Harper Collins, her stories have won prizes and been shortlisted in many competitions, such as the Hennessy Awards, the RTE Francis MacManus Awards, the Cuirt New Writing Prize and the William Trevor Short Story Competition. Her work has been widely published, appearing in literary journals such as the Cuirt Annual, the Incubator Journal and Crannog magazine. She has also read her work on RTE’s Sunday Miscellany.

Tanya has recently been appointed Writer in Residence with NUI , Galway.

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Learn to play the Ukulele - 6 week online ukulele course with Pat Byrne

What better way to switch off and get creative than learning to play a few tunes on the ukulele? You can do this, even if you've never played an instrument in your life.

Starting Monday evening 26th January at 7.30 pm.
Ukulele Six Week Course
Group Tuition for Beginners
Learn the basic chords and strumming techniques with Pat Byrne
Pat is a founder of The Harbour Ukuleles who play in Bray at charity events and he is the Irish promoter of the world famous Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain and is also a music producer of the show Ladies In The Blues which played in theatres in Ireland to great acclaim and debuted at the las Glastonbury Festival.

You can get a flavour here:

Please note that this course is for adults intererested in learning the ukulele. You will need to be proficient with Zoom.

Please email for further information on booking.

**Please note this course is now fully booked**

Mother's Meet Up - Connecting Mothers of Bumps and Babies

Are you a new or expectant mother? This online support group with local Doulas, Eleanor and Ceara will provide sound advice, companionship and connection.

This is more iimportant now than ever because of reduced opportunity to meet up with friends or family. Ceara and Eleanor will help you find your tribe and give you the chance to newtork via Zoom with other mothers.

Join your local postnatal doulas, Ceara and Eleanor, to share experiences of motherhood every Thursday evening on zoom. Starting on Thursday January 21st, the sessions will run for 10 weeks from 7.30-8.30.

For more information, please email or text 0851671598

Yoga with Deb

These 10 free yoga sessions will be made available through Facebook so you will need a Facebook profile.

Each session will be live with the option to replay if you cannot attend at the time of session. Classes will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12 noon from Tuesday 2nd February until Thursday 4th of March and will be available for replay until the end of the term.
Deb will give participants a gentle introduction into yoga and will experience mindful movement, yoga flow, chair yoga, active yoga, movement into your body, yin yoga and reflection. Deb will also include a mindful meditation and visualisation.
You will need a yoga mat and Deb will let you know ways you can improvise from home with other props you may require.
Wear comfy clothing; pyjamas are fine because nobody is going to see you!
We will send you the facebook link for the class.

Please book through Eventbrite

Introduction to Family History:

Series of 6 weekly family history and genealogy talks with expert genealogist Fiona Fitzsimons  and Declan Brady beginning Thursday 11th February at 7pm.

Each class will introduce a major family history source including Census Records, Civil and Church Records, Land Records including Griffiths’ Valuation, Printed Sources, including newspapers, Burials and wills.

The talks will look at what records are available, what evidence they have relevant to your family history, where there are gaps in the records and what other sources we can 'substitute' to bridge these gaps.

The talks will be delivered online via Zoom. They will consist of a 45 minute workshop followed by a 45 minute Q&A clinic where Fiona will answer questions from participants that have been submitted through the chat function on Zoom.

Place are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. See  for further information and booking details.

Drawing and Sketching Tutorials for adults and teens

Drawing and Sketching Tutorial for Adults & Teens

Wicklow County Council Library service thought that you might like to try some drawing, it's a great way to relax and pass some time and you will have a finished drawing to be proud of at the end. You may even decide to frame it! Sketching is a fairly basic skill and Fiona has put together three free tutorial videos. These short videos can be watched and revisited when necessary. Just pause when you want to look closely at a particular area of interest. Fiona lets you know the basic materials needed and you can choose to work with a still life that you have set up comprising of three pears or to work from the photograph used in the tutorial.

You'll need some paper, soft pencils and an eraser. You can use the image of the three pears that Fiona uses or you could set up a still life of  three pears to work from. You can watch the three tutorial videos here

We would love to see the finished drawings so if you like, you can email them to Happy drawing!

Valentine's Day Craft Video with the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland

Looking for some Valentine's inspiration?

This clay heart craft is so easy and suitable for adults or children. You will need some air drying clay and bits of textured fabric maybe a lace doily. The finished clay hearts can be used for a homemade Valentine Card or you could get some ribbon or card and create a heart ornament to display.

Explore the Shore with Dave Wall, workshop Tuesday 23rd March, 7-8 pm.

Explore Your Shore with Dave Wall from National Biodiversity Data Centre (NBDC)

Explore Your Shore is a Citizen Science project focused on increasing our knowledge of the distribution of our intertidal species. County Wicklow has over 60 km of coastline and this initiative is looking for volunteers  to participate by recording plants and animals washed up along our coast . This project will be of interest to anyone who regularly spends time at the coast, whether you are a walker, surfer, angler, swimmer, amateur or professional naturalist, your records are important bio-indicators of water quality and climate change, and highlight actions we can all take to tackle water pollution and climate change. Join us on this Zoom workshop to find out more about the project and how to get involved.

Booking through Eventbrite.

Citizen Science- An Introduction with Oisín Duffy on March 9th at 7 pm.

An introduction to Citizen Science with Oisín Duffy from the National Biodiversity Data Centre (NBDC).

Citizen science is all about helping interested members of the public to  contribute to scientific research. Whether your interests lie in observing  bugs, birds, trees, flowers or fungi, the NBDC hosts a platform for storing and mapping your information. In this Zoom talk Oisín will guide us through the range of different schemes, explain how your records are used  and will demonstrate how easy it is for everyone to get involved. 

Booking through Eventbrite.

Community Resilience Programme

The following events are brought to you by the Bray Area Partnership on behalf of Wicklow County Council Community Resilience Group.

Storytelling & Local Folklore with Dave Lordan

(6 weeks for 1 hour a week, commencing Friday, 19th February at 10am)

A relaxing and entertaining journey into the wonderful world of stories. Each week, Dave will share stories on themes close to all our hearts. Participants will be welcome to share their own stories and all will be invited to discuss the issues involved, if they so wish.

To register, please contact Bray Area Partnership at (01) 2868266


Intro to Bike Maintenance

4th of February - 1pm

Join bicycle expert and Programme Manager of Rediscover Cycling, Mark Dunn for this online bike maintenance workshop. During this demonstration workshop Mark will teach you how to keep your bike running smoothly and safely. Learn to keep your bike well-maintained and by doing the maintenance yourself it will extend the life of your bike's components and keep you on the road. 

Booking through Eventbrite

Fashion Upcycling Workshop

11th of February - 1pm

Upcycling is great fun and a sustainable way to reinvent your wardrobe. This Creative Fashion Upcycling wokshop will teach you some simple techniques to help you reimagien your wardrobe.

Booking through Eventbrite

Creative Waste Workshop for Children

18th of February - 3pm

The Creative Waste Reuse Workshop introduces the concept of waste reuse and includes a wide range of hands-on arts and crafts activities reusing waste materials such as fabric, scrap paper and tetra paks.

Booking through Eventbrite

Top Tips for Furniture Upcycling

25th of February - 1pm

Join the Rediscover Furniture team in the Rediscovery Centre for a creative furniture upcycling workshop. During this fun demonstration, the Rediscovery Centre will demonstrate how to prepare your furniture for upcycling, along with painting techniques, varnishing and oiling.

Booking through Eventbrite

Online Courses take place on Zoom so you must have access to a smartphone, tablet or laptop. If you don't have access, please contact us.

The above courses are funded by the Healthy Ireland Fund / Sláintecare, Community Resilience Fund and SICAP.