New Year, New Courses!

Happy new year, everyone! We hope some of your resolutions are about writing (you can do it!). The Factory is open again and looking forward to this term of creative writing courses. We can’t wait to help you on your writing path whether you’re a beginner jotting down ideas on receipts and napkins (let’s be…

Q&A: Jessica Traynor

Welcome to our new Q&A series, where we’ll be talking to facilitators at and friends of Big Smoke to find out what they’re up to. First up is Jessica Traynor. What do you like best about teaching creative writing? I love those moments in which you feel what you’re trying to impart is really landing…

Mountains to Sea

The Mountains to Sea book festival kicks off next week in Dun Laoghaire. Lots of great events for readers and writers alike. Some familiar Big Smoke faces will be about – Claire Hennessy will be delivering a workshop for teens called Teen Angst, The Apocalypse, and Other Stories on Saturday March 21st, while Jessica Traynor…