Liz McManus, Chairperson
Liz McManus is the founder director of the Bray Womens Refuge and a former member of Bray Town Council and Wicklow Co Council. She was elected to Dáil Eireann in 1992–2011, was Chair of the Taskforce on the Needs of the Travelling Community (1995–1997), Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal (1994–1997) and former Deputy Leader of the Labour Party (2000 -2007). Liz McManus was awarded an M Phil with distinction in 2013, the Hennessy New Irish Writing award, Listowel Short Story award and Irish PEN award. Her first novel Acts of Subversion was shortlisted for an Irish Times/Aer Lingus First Novel award. Her latest novel A Shadow in the Yard (2015) is published by Ward River Press.
Paul Moore, Treasurer
Paul is a chartered certified accountant, practices as a taxation consultant in Dublin and is a past board member and president of the Institute of Taxation in Ireland. He has written text books for professionals on company tax, farm tax and the Taxes Consolidation Tax Act, 1997. He acted as private sector chairman of the taxes consolidation act project editorial board in 1996 and 1997, the largest piece of legislation ever to go through the Oireachtas, with over a thousand sections and thirty two schedules. During his career he has advised such diverse entities as Government Departments (including the Revenue Commissioners), charities, large companies and private individuals and brings this wide experience to the Centre.
Martina Devlin, Vice Chair
Martina Devlin is a journalist and author, with five novels and two non-fiction books published. Her novels include Ship of Dreams, about the Titanic shipwreck. Non-fiction includes Banksters, co-authored with RTÉ’s David Murphy, about the Irish banking collapse. In 2012 she won the Royal Society of Literature's VS Pritchett Prize for a short story. She has also won a Hennessy Literary Prize and was shortlisted twice for the Irish Book Awards. She writes a column on current affairs for the Irish Independent and was named National Newspapers of Ireland commentator of the year in 2011, and GALA journalist of the year in 2010. She contributes short stories to RTÉ's Sunday Miscellany radio programme, and was 2009 writer-in-residence at the Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco. Martina's latest novel The House Where It Happened (2015) is out now from Ward River Press.
Chris Pressler is Director of Libraries and of the Humanities Research Archive Centre, Dublin City University. Previous posts have included Director of Libraries and the Centre for Public Engagement, University of London and Director of Libraries and Archives, and the National Centre for Research Communications at the University of Nottingham. He has been a member of many national and international boards and advisory committees, including Research Libraries UK, Consortium of National and University Libraries Ireland, Irish Universities Association, Research Libraries London, Royal Opera House Archives, Nottingham City Council Archives and Dartington Writing Programmes.
Chris published his first novel, Canning Circus in 2001 and since then has published three editions of a collection of essays on Jeanette Winterson, So Far So Linear, a collection of poems, Ariel St. with Small Print Press Hastings, a major work on the rare materials of London University and a personal guide to those collections, both with Scala Publishing. He completed his second novel in 2013, 94 Degrees in the Shade. He also writes a popular blog at christopherpressler.com. He has taught on the creative writing programmes at Dartington and will resume teaching creative writing at DCU. He holds an MA in Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University, as well as degrees from Sheffield and Belfast. Chris is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and is listed as Notable Alumni at Queen's University Belfast.
Hilary Fennell currently works as a freelance journalist, communications consultant and documentary maker. She has produced and directed television and radio series, and documentary productions, many of which have won international plaudits. Past work includes feature-length arts projects such as Imagining Ulysses (Winner of Celtic Film Festival, Chicago Intercom Film Festival, Santa Monica Film Festival, shortlisted for Prix Italia & Canadian Film Board) and intimate portraits of artists such as Nóirín Ní Riain – Voice at the Edge - Arts Lives (nominated for a Radharc Award). Having worked in organisations, large and small, Hilary has gained a wealth of experience in a diverse array of leadership roles on arts and cultural projects. She held the role of Director of Communications at the voluntary organisation One Family for several years. Hilary originally studied law at Trinity College Dublin and qualified as a barrister from The Kings Inns. Her short fiction has appeared in several anthologies and been shortlisted for a number of awards including The McLaverty and Fish prizes. She has worked as a television presenter, voice over artist, radio producer, event manager and magazine editor.
Rossa Ó Snodaigh
Rossa is the youngest of six brothers who were brought up speaking Irish in Sandymount, Dublin to publisher Pádraigh Ó Snodaigh and Sculptor Cliodhna Cussen. He attended Scoil Lorcáin and Coláiste Eoin where he set up the now internationally renowned group Kíla. A multi-instrumentalist, Rossa has composed music for theatre, dance and films including the Oscar nominated animation The Secret Of Kells. He ran People and their Poetry, the Dublin Drum Circle and Speakers’ Square in Dublinand through his company An Puball Gaeilge, he continues to organise Irish language events at festivals like the Electric Picnic. He had a show on Raidió na Life and now reports for TG4's arts show Imeall. He has had three books published The Joy of Pissing, Making Out in Irish and Our Fada and recently produced and co-directed the radio play Pat the Pipe Píobaire.
Anne Larchet has been working as a free lance interpreter of Spanish and English since 2008. She interprets for both Spanish and Latin American nationals in the courts, police stations, hospitals, prisons as well as the immigration offices of ORAC and RAT. She has interpreting experience in diverse private enterprise areas such as civil engineering, book publishing and litigation. She has a BA (Hons) in Arabic and Spanish from UCD, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies from DCU and a Certificate in Spanish Law from The Law Society of Ireland. She was a scholarship student at the American University Cairo, Egypt. She has many years experience teaching Spanish and English as a Second Language in Ireland and Spain, and has worked in management in this field. Anne has been on the Executive Committee of the ITIA (Irish Translators' and Interpreters' Association) since 2012 and is Co -Editor of the ITIA Bulletin e-zine with Adam Brozynski.
, IWC Members' Nominee
Mary O’Donnell is a widely-published poet, short-story writer and novelist. She has been a Cultural Representative on the former governing authority of Maynooth University, has adjudicated the Dublin International IMPAC Literary Award, the Irish Times Poetry Award, the Strokestown International Poetry Competition, and the Hennessy/New Irish Writing Awards. Her Selected Poems were published in Hungarian in 2011 when she was co-winner of the Irodälmi Jelen translation prize. Her seventh poetry collection, Those April Fevers was published by Arc Publications UK in April 2015. She teaches creative writing for Carlow University Pittsburgh.
Luán Ó Braonáin
Luán is a senior counsel, practising at the Bar of Ireland. He has formerly been a member of the Board of Comhar magazine, a platform for writers, poets, reviewers, journalists and commentators in Irish. He advises and acts in cases ranging from administrative and constitutional law, through medical negligence and criminal cases, to media and defamation law. He is instructed on behalf of a diverse array of people and corporations, from private clients to local authorities, insurance companies and the State. He has a young family.
Audited Accounts 2015
In compliance with the governance transparency for organisations in receipt of recurring Arts Council funding, the Irish Writers Centre audited accounts for 2015 are available to view.