In 1999 Fidelma completed her PhD degree at the University of Galway (formerly NUIG) on the subject of written language and the writer’s voice. Subsequent to that she taught creative writing to student teachers in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick and has facilitated numerous workshops in schools and colleges for in-career teachers and their classes across a range of writing genres.
Fidelma is a published author. Her works include:
The Gifted Learner: How to Help (2023)
Covid Voices, a collection of children’s poetry (2022) (editor and project co-ordinator)
Switching on for Learning: A Student Guide to Exam & Career Success (2006)
Millenium Voices (2000), a Galway children’s poetry collection to mark the millennium (editor and project co-ordinator, in collaboration)
She has had a range of articles and opinion pieces published in journals and newspapers since 2000.
Some of her publications are available at studyandcareers.ie/shop/
She attends weekly creative writing classes and is currently in the process of completing her first novel.
She was awarded writing residencies in Cill Rialaig’s Artists’ Retreat, Ballinskellig, Co.. Kerry in 2021 and 2022.
‘’I love facilitating writing workshops with the explicit purpose of enabling participants to enjoy a fulfilling experience while writing. My approach is to empower the writer to play and have fun with language while especially encouraging them to have the confidence to express their voice. Fundamentally, I believe writing is a craft that can be learned with the right support. Everyone can write their world and their perspective is worth hearing.’’
About our Writing and Wellness course
”I am delighted to offer this new introductory course in collaboration with Richard Brennan (see bio below), a wellness practitioner whom I have attended and studied with over the last twenty five years. Writing and Wellness are mutually complementary, they both rely on self-expression. Hoping you can join us!”
Richard has studied the Alexander Technique since 1983 and has been teaching the technique full time for 34 years he travels extensively in Europe and USA giving talks and courses on the Technique.
Richard has been featured in numerous newspapers and magazines including The Irish Times, The Sunday Tribune, The Irish Examiner, Cosmopolitan, Hello and Home and Country; he has appeared on BBC I & RTE 1 and been featured on BBC Radios 4 & 5 as well as many local Radio around Ireland and the UK. He has written eight books on the Alexander Technique, posture and health which have been translated into 22 languages including Polish, German, French Italian, Spanish, Croatian and Slovenian and are on sale world-wide
Richard lives in Galway, Ireland where he is the director of the Alexander Teacher Training College, Ireland (STAT approved). He is also the founder of the Irish Society of Alexander Technique Teachers. (ISSAT)
The Alexander Technique is a method of self-awareness on many levels. It is very simple and can be understood by anyone, yet at the same time it is very profound. It is a way of transforming balance, posture and co-ordination. It can be very useful, for example to musicians who suffer from tension problems when playing their instrument.
Many people think that the Alexander Technique involves improving posture by ‘sitting up straight’. Nothing could be further from the truth. It involves being aware and releasing the unconscious tension from our body allowing us to move through life with greater ease. It can dramatically help prevent or alleviate backache, neck pain, arthritis, insomnia, depression as well as a whole range of physical aches and pains that are so common in our society today.
The workshop will be practical with a short written account about what you discovered at the end.