I run creative writing workshops for transition year students and 5th and 6th years. These are usually organised in advance through Poetry Ireland’s Writers in Schools programme, but I can also work directly with schools on request. I teach adult writing courses for University College, Cork and for the Munster Literature Centre, among others. I am also involved in the programming of Cork City Library’s World Bookfest, and am often invited by other literary festivals to conduct live interviews with writers. (LINKS to references? And to audio clip.)
Alannah Hopkin is a writer and teacher I have had professional dealings with over the course of thirty years. In all that time I have known her to be impeccably reliable, efficient and kind. As a writer-critic-reader she shows great taste and judgement. As a workshop leader she demonstrates an uncanny ability to combine a commitment to exacting standards along with a deep awareness of, and consideration for, the needs of her students. This is why I have engaged her services as a writer and workshop provider on many occasions.
Pat Cotter, Artistic Director, Munster Literature Centre.
I have known Alannah Hopkin for several years and worked with her on some joint projects. She is a kind and gentle human being but very determined and endowed with a fierce work ethic which ensures that she sees projects through to their conclusion. Alannah’s range of knowledge in the arts and literature is very impressive but she wears her learning very lightly and has the endearing quality of being willing to learn from others especially with regard to science and mathematics. She is very reliable with regard to place, time and deadlines .Alannah is a great conversationalist, an interesting companion, and a great friend, as well of course as being a talented creative writer. I am happy to give her my highest possible recommendation for any task in the arts, literature, or journalism, with no reservations.
Professor Des MacHale, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, University College Cork, author, and biographer of George Boole