Introducing this year's participants.

Rosy Wilson

I am 83, I retired in 2000 from lecturing in London colleges, tutoring for Open University and developing Access programmes across London colleges and universities for the London Open College Network. In retirement I returned to Ireland and have been working with others on poetry, writing and facilitating workshops. Boland Press has published 2 collections of my poems and Lapwing Publications 6.

Peter Clarke

Peter Clarke, a retired organisation psychologist has just completed a Master’s in Creative Writing (Poetry) at Manchester Metropolitan University and is now on the publishing trail; has been published in Alchemy Spoon, aAh Magazine 2021, Pure Slush Anthology: Lifespan, vols 2, 3 and 4 2021; in the Bealtaine Anthology 2013; was shortlisted in the 2019 Hammond International Poetry Competition and Hedgehog Press First Collection Pamphlet Competition, 2021

Neville Wiltshire

30 years in industry as Personnel Manager before I became "Human Resources". Then another 30 years as Redundancy/Career Change consultant and Childrens Entertainer with Magic and Punch and Judy. Joined Bealtine group at age 81 and started to write poetry for fun.

Alice Owens

I have been interested in creative writing since childhood. I have been working as a tutor with TCD for the best part of 20 years on the drama-in-education strand of the M.Ed. I worked previously as a drama teacher in schools and have written and directed dramas and commemorative pageants in the community with both adults and children.

Glenda Cimino

I have worked over a lifetime in many different areas, among the lot, as a social researcher from interviewer to research director, a journalist, a filmmaker, an office temp, a sports photographer, a college teacher, a home carer, a poet, a tarot reader, an actor and an extra, not necessarily in that order. I co-founded ‘Beaver Row Press’ [1980-1996], a legendary poetry publishing cooperative. Trying to link my training to my goals in life, I trained with Paul Rebillot in his School of Experiential Learning, and in drama with the Bull Alley Theatre Training Company. I am a co-facilitator with the ‘Fools Dance Gestalt Company’, which runs Rebillot-type training courses using myth and drama. I obtained a certificate from Maynooth in Local History and Directing for Theatre, and a Certificate in Jungian Psychology with Art Therapy in the Limerick College of Art and Design. I started the presently inactive Beaver Row Heritage Players, which put on five heritage events 2015-2019 in Donnybrook. I have written, directed and produced some prizewinning short films, one of the shorts in the feature film 'One NIght in Dublin,' and a mythical play set in ancient Greece, 'Puppets of the Gods,' inspired by the Rebillot workshop, 'Dancing with the Gods.' My poetry, short stories, and memoir essays have won prizes and been published in anthologies in Ireland and the United States. I am not sure whether to prize my obscurity or deplore my lack of fame. But for me - happiness is the true success.