North West Clare Writers’ Circle (NWCWC) is entirely volunteer-led and was formed in March 2020 as a Zoom group by six North-West-Clare-based writers including a Creative Writing Tutor. The group met twice weekly during the spring and early summer lockdown. A body of work emerged of unique perspectives, reflecting upon and mirroring the common experiences of people in this extraordinary historic time that unites the whole world under one threat—Covid-19.
Realizing that there must be other writers’ groups out there producing similar work, the NWCWC sent out a submission’s call for contributions and conceived a fundraising campaign to publish an anthology of work from this ‘not normal’ period, that would benefit a group in society whose suffering increased even more during lockdown conditions—Families affected by that other and omnipresent global pandemic—Domestic Violence. Thus, the book Walk With Me was born and was published this November with all book sales’ profits going to Clare Haven Services.
On Monday’s Morning Focus, Gavin Grace spoke to Breda Shannon from NWCWC.