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Top picks at this year's International Literature Festival Dublin – 3. Donal Ryan

Donal Ryan International Literature Festival Dublin Irish Writers Centre Kathleen MacMahon LizMcManus Pat Kenny Second Book Syndrome

Day 3 of our festival picks series and Donal Ryan, author of The Spinning Heart and The Thing about December, tells us who he's most looking forward to seeing:     'Irvine Welsh is one of my favourite writers of all time. I mention him at nearly every talk I do, as one of my influences and sometimes as part of my defence of writing in the demotic – when a defence is necessary. Irvine Welsh ends all arguments.'    Irvine Welsh In Conversation with Sinéad Gleeson – 22 May   Donal is one of the panelists at our Second Book Syndrome event which takes place...

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Top picks at this year's International Literature Festival Dublin – 2. Kathleen MacMahon

Donal Ryan International Literature Festival Dublin Irish Writers Centre Kathleen MacMahon LizMcManus Pat Kenny Second Book Syndrome

It's Day 2 of International Literature Festival Dublin highlights and today it's the turn of Kathleen MacMahon who told us what she's most looking forward to:   - Jon Ronson in conversation – my new novel The Long Hot Summer (out 21 May) features a politician who finds himself at the centre of a social media storm, so I'll be fascinated to hear Jon Ronson's take on politics and social media. - Dermot Bolger and Christine Dwyer Hickey in conversation – I'm also looking forward to seeing these two authors in action. They're both authors of books I have absolutely loved.  - Deirdre Madden, Eoin...

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Top picks at this year's International Literature Festival Dublin – 1. Anthony Glavin

Anthony Glavin Christine Montalbetti Craft of Fiction International Literature Festival Dublin Irish Writers Centre

We're gearing up for International Literature Festival Dublin this week and have asked some writers who will be passing through our doors what they're most looking forward to – aside from their own events, of course! Anthony Glavin is first up and has assembled a smorgasbord of what the festival has to offer with a mix of contemporary theatre, up-and-coming poets and two seasoned Irish writers: - The Only Jealousy of Emer – Yeats meets Japanese Noh theatre from 16–18 May - Poetry Ireland Introductions – a showcase of new voices at the Irish Writers Centre on 18 & 19 May- Dermot Bolger...

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The Irish Writers Centre is hiring!

General Manager Hiring Irish Writers Centre Jobs Staff Staff vacancies

The Irish Writers Centre is looking to appoint a new full-time General Manager, commencing 22 June 2015.   Reporting to and working directly with the Director, the General Manager is a core member of the team, responsible for the administrative, educational and financial operations of Ireland’s national literature resource and support organisation for writers. While key areas of responsibility include administration and educational programming, the General Manager also acts as the public face of the Irish Writers Centre.  We want to hear why you would make a good addition to our staff which, although small, is vibrant, hard-working and creative. ...

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Announcing EU Prize for Literature 2015 Shortlist

Conor Kostick Deirdre Sullivan Donal Ryan EU Prize for Literature 2015 EU Prize for Literature Shortlist Fergal Tobin Irish Fiction Irish Writers Centre Louise Phillips Mary Costello Nessa O'Mahony Stephen Boylan

The Irish Writers Centre is delighted to be the first to announce that the following titles have been shortlisted for the EU Prize for Literature 2015, a prize for emerging talents in the field of contemporary fiction (alphabetical order):

- Mary Costello, Academy Street (Cannongate Books, 2014)
- Donal Ryan, The Spinning Heart (Doubleday Ireland, 2012; originally published by Lilliput Press)
- Deirdre Sullivan, Primperfect (Little Island, 2014)

Ireland is one of twelve countries who will provide a national winner of the EU Prize for Literature in 2015. See the EU Prize for Literature website for more. 

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