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"You have everything to gain. Be brave." - Olivia Fitzsimons on her Novel Fair journey

"You have everything to gain. Be brave." - Olivia Fitzsimons on her Novel Fair journey

Olivia Fitzsimons is a northerner living in Greystones, County Wicklow. She entered Novel Fair 2020 with The Quiet Whispers Never Stop and was subsequently signed by Brian Langan's Storyline Agency.  Hi Olivia, Could you tell us a bit about yourself? I'm originally from Northern Ireland but now live in Wicklow. I worked in the film industry before taking time out to raise my kids. I've been writing fiction for three years and I wrote my first short story on my phone while my kids did junior athletics and sent it off to one free competition my friend saw in the paper. That...

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Announcing New Irish Writers Centre Course Bursaries

Announcing New Irish Writers Centre Course Bursaries

Irish Writers Centre Course Bursaries The Irish Writers Centre is pleased to introduce our new pilot scheme, the Course Bursary initiative. These bursaries will enable writers to develop their skills through funded places at Irish Writers Centre creative writing courses, and open up access to course entry by subsidising costs to individuals who may not otherwise be able to take a course.  The IWC is working towards the development of our first equality and diversity policy, and taking steps to promote equality of opportunity for all those living in Ireland, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, civil or family status,...

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Announcing the Cill Rialaig 2020 Recipients

Announcing the Cill Rialaig 2020 Recipients

  We are delighted to announce the recipients of the 2020 Cill Rialaig Residencies. This autumn marks the sixth consecutive year of Irish Writers Centre residencies with Cill Rialaig, Co. Kerry. The recipients are Niamh Campbell, Úna-Minh Kavanagh, Sree Sen, Damien Hasson, Justine Carbery, Oisín Kearney, and Carrie-Jade Williams. The purpose of this residency is to give writers the time and space they need to create new work. They will be situated in the beautiful surrounds of Cill Rialaig from 2 – 12 October, 2020. To see the  inspiring landscape of Cill Rialaig click here. Niamh Campbell is the author of This Happy (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2020) and winner of the Sunday Times Audible...

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Rick O’Shea, Madeleine Keane and Yan Ge Announced as the Novel Fair 2021 Judges

Rick O’Shea, Madeleine Keane and Yan Ge Announced as the Novel Fair 2021 Judges

  Rick O’Shea, Madeleine Keane and Yan Ge Announced as the Novel Fair 2021 Judges We are delighted to announce the judges of Novel Fair 2021. Madeleine Keane, Yan Ge, and Rick O’Shea are set to judge the international writing competition this year. Novel Fair offers unpublished writers the chance to pitch their manuscripts directly to top publishers and agents from across Ireland and the UK. The Novel Fair judges will sift through entries from all over the world to select 12 finalists to take part in what has been described as a ‘Dragon’s Den for writers’. Each of the Novel...

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Announcing 20 Subsidised Novel Fair Entries

Announcing 20 Subsidised Novel Fair Entries

  We are happy to announce that we will be offering 20 subsidised entries for Novel Fair 2021. The usual entry fee of €55 per manuscript will be waived for these writers.  Novel Fair offers writers the unique opportunity to pitch their work to some of the top publishers across Ireland and the UK. It has been described as a ‘Dragon’s Den for writers’ and has resulted in many successful publishing deals, including Michelle Gallen’s Big Girl, Small Town, Caitriona Lally’s Eggshells and many more. Have a look at our video for a taste of what you can expect from...

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