Mini-Writers Retreat for Carers

2020 – We are currently looking for a sponsor for this opportunity – could it be you? €270 would provide two writers with three nights at Greywood Arts. Contact Jessica at

The Oxford Dictionary defines a carer as “A family member who regularly looks after a child or a sick, elderly, or disabled person.”

The Mini-Writer’s Retreat for Carers Bursary aims to support writers who, due to their role as carer, find it difficult to find time for writing. You may be a son caring for an elderly parent, a working mother with school-going kids, a spouse caring for a long-term ill partner or a person supporting a sibling with a disability. If you feel you would benefit from a three-night writer’s retreat at Greywood Arts, please consider applying for this opportunity. We have two up for grabs.



Awardees will receive the following;

  • 3 nights residency at self-catering artist’s retreat Greywood Arts, Killeagh, Co. Cork Sponsored by author Rose Servitova
  • €100 on arrival to help with costs of travel/food/chocolate etc…sponsored by author Kit de Waal
  • Editing of piece of work/novel etc (approx. 15hrs)… with editor Sally Vance (This can be used within 12 months of residency)
  • Access to 6 online, interactive events with established authors on Sponsored by author & founder of, Sharon Thompson

2019 Award Winners: 

author photoMichelle Walshe is a writer from Dublin. She began writing in 2016 and her work has been published in The Irish Times in print and online, The Irish Examiner, The Gloss Magazine, Woman’s Way Magazine, The Sunday Independent, on and

In 2018, she won a bursary to the John Hewitt Summer School, was shortlisted in the Benedict Kiely Short Story competition, in the Iceland Writers Retreat, had a piece in a book, Teachers Who Write, An Anthology and ended the year by winning one of two bursaries awarded to carers at Greywood Arts.

All her work can be found on her blog

ii lynn buckle 61kbLynn Buckle has lived in Ireland for 30 years, writing for the last four. She has written two literary novels, debut published this year by Epoque Press. She is also a domestic violence activist. Protest poetry in HCE Review and Luisne an Chleite anthology 2018 (published by Kildare County Council Arts & Library Service, funded by Culture Ireland). Professional visual artist, teacher, manager of arts projects – self-employed/ETBs/ HSE/community/voluntary – all of these generate and feed into each other, expanding and enhancing professional practises as artist, writer and poet.