We are delighted to announce that Áine Denn, Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan, Jess Majekodunmi and Breda Brown will be joining the Irish Writers Centre's Board of Directors.
(She/Her) is a Dublin-based arts manager, writer, and performer from India. Her work has been published in Writing Home: The ‘New Irish’ Poets
from Dedalus Press, The Ireland Chair of Poetry Hold Open the Door
anthology by UCD Press, the Green Carnations: 25 Young LGBTQ+ Poets from Ireland
anthology by Book Hub Publishing
, Banshee, Honest Ulsterman, Impossible Archetype,
and Poetry Ireland Review
. In 2020 Chandrika
won 3rd place in the Fingal Poetry Prize. Chandrika
is editor of Poetry Ireland
issue 9, and book reviewer for Children’s Books Ireland’
magazine. By day she is Marketing and Development Manager for Fishamble: The New Play Company
. Twitter: @Chandrikanm Instagram: @chandrikanm.art
is Co-founder and Communications Director of Unique Media
, a consultancy which provides strategic cross platform communications solutions to clients across a range of sectors. Services include PR, Public Affairs, Media Training, Podcast & Video Production, Digital & Social Media and Event Management. Breda's work extends to clients such as the An Post Irish Book Awards, where, over the past 15 years, her strategic planning, PR, digital and event management expertise has helped turn the initiative into one of the most significant events in the Irish literary calendar. An absolute book lover, Breda reviews crime novels for the Sunday Independent and also presents the Inside Books podcast. In each episode, she chats to people associated with the world of books – including well-known authors, publishers, editors, agents, critics, booksellers and more.
Breda holds an MA in Journalism and BA in Communication Studies, both from Dublin City University
Jess Majekodunmi is a design historian and an innovation designer, and okay with contradictions. She credits her undergraduate degree in English Literature with a life-long appreciation for writers and writing. Punctuated by unexpected and surprising opportunities, Jess’ career has zig zagged across continents, roles, organizations and sectors, for-profit and for non-profits. Now as the Director of the Human Insights Lab at The Dock, Accenture's flagship global R&D centre, she spends her working hours asking ‘why?’, ‘how?’ and ‘so what?’ about people, society and technology. Jess is also a co-founding member of Beyond Representation, an organisation championing women of colour who are breaking new ground in Irish media, arts & business.
Áine Denn is an entrepreneurial leader and advisor with a technology background. A people person, she has extensive C-Level experience in enterprise software, business development, operations, and customer success in senior executive positions in public and private companies. Áine now guides business leaders to execute their strategy and unlock the value in their businesses. She provides coaching and accountability around leadership, strategy, revenue and operations. Previously Áine co-founded Altify (now Upland Altify), the global sales methodology software company. Áine volunteers as a lead entrepreneur for the programmes, Going for Growth and Back for Business, which mentor growth-oriented SMEs and entrepreneurs, specifically female business owners and returning Irish emigrants. Áine is an avid reader and an enthusiastic Leinster and Ireland rugby supporter.