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Closure on Monday 16 October due to severe weather warning.

Due to status red weather warnings the IWC will be closed on Monday 16 October. You can communicate with us via email at info@writerscentre.ie and Twitter as usual.

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Life is very grey when I am not telling stories - New Irish Communities

Life is very grey when I am not telling stories - New Irish Communities

Writing has always been part of my life. Introverted, I was mostly bored at school, sitting at the back of the class in Salvador city, Brazil, making up my own stories. My best friends were the journals I kept. When the time came to choose a profession, I wanted to be a pen for hire. So I became a journalist, a job that I embraced for a couple of decades, along with my work in Public Relations. I travelled to Ireland in 2010, and what was intended as a one-year sabbatical became a seven year stay, and counting. I was...

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In Memoriam - Elizabeth O’Carroll

In Memoriam - Elizabeth O’Carroll

We were very saddened to hear of the sudden passing of one of our beloved IWC members Elizabeth O’Carroll, a founder member of the Bealtaine writers’ group.  The group originated in a series of workshops offered by the Irish Writers Centre and Age and Opportunity as part of the Bealtaine Festival celebrating creativity in older people in May 1999.  She taught creative writing and was also published in various publications, including two Bealtaine Writers Poetry Anthologies. A former teacher, born in County Armagh, she is the mother of six and grandmother of eleven, and was an avid and engaged gardener,...

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Novel Fair – It Could Be You!

Novel Fair – It Could Be You!

I’m not a great one for entering competitions or indeed for any kind of prizes that involve having to add extra work to my day in the hope of … maybe…perhaps… or with a little luck, who knows? However, in 2013 something caught my eye in the multitude of emails and writerly information that passes in front of most aspiring writers eyes on a weekly basis. It was a post, on some thread, off out in the ether, talking about the Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair. I’m still not sure what made me follow that post up. But, I must have...

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Florence and Cill Riallaig Residency Recipients Announced

We're thrilled to announce the lucky and hard-working recipients of both our Florence and Cill Rialaig Residencies. Congratulations to Annette Skade who will spend one week in St Mark's Church, Florence. During her stay Annette will have the opportunity to meet the local writing community and will take part in a public reading. Congratulations also the following writers who will spend ten days in Cill Rialaig, County Kerry; Sue Leonard, Fiona O'Rourke, Breda Wall Ryan, Anna Heussaff, Moyra Donaldson, Aiden O'Reilly, Kelly Creighton. The decision process wasn't easy and we're honoured to offer these talented writers the time and space to write in beautiful and inspiring surroundings.      ...

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