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Novel Fair: Walking on Eggshells

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Novel Fair: Walking on Eggshells

The deadline for Novel Fair 2017 is a mere two weeks away. With that in mind Catriona Lally reflects on her experiences of the Fair and how her novel Eggshells developed as a result of this. It was at a launch at the Irish Writers Centre and I just happened to see a poster for the Novel Fair. I looked it up and thought that it would be a brilliant deadline; a novel can be the kind of thing that just sits on your computer for years. I really need some kind of structure and deadline to get anything done,...

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Humans of No. 19 - June Caldwell

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Humans of No. 19 - June Caldwell

June Caldwell was in the Centre this week so we took the opportunity to chat with her about the moral elements of writing. #humansofno19 #writersofinstagram #irishwriterscentre June is our inaugural Online Writer-in-Residence so stay tuned for more from her. And, we're thrilled to announce the exciting news that June has just signed with New Island for a short story collection, due 2017. Whoop!   'For years I thought I chose the wrong path because I was never happy with journalism, I hated it. Now I look back and I think that was really great grounding for my writing. To me creative...

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Novel Fair: an opportunity worth travelling 5,000 kms for!

Novel Fair

Novel Fair: an opportunity worth travelling 5,000 kms for!

We spoke to Mairéad Rooney—all the way from Canada—to get some inside tips on applying for Novel Fair! A two-time Novel Fair winner Mairéad chatted about her writing process and whether her experience of the Fair changed the second time around.  Tell us about when you first came across the Novel Fair… In 2012 I had just finished my novel and had reached the what-next moment. So I submitted to the 2012 Novel Fair and a few literary agents. But there were no bites. As it turned out the manuscript was not ready and the only thing to do was edit. I...

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IWC Writers-in-Residence announced – Florence & Cill Rialaig 2016

IWC Writers-in-Residence announced – Florence & Cill Rialaig 2016

We are delighted to reveal the lucky recipients of our Florence and Cill Rialaig residencies: Paula McGrath will have the honour of residing in St Mark’s Church, Florence for one week this October and Louise C. Callaghan, Kate Kavanagh, Martin Malone, Dairena Ní Chinnéide, Nessa O’Mahony, Sydney Weinberg and Adam Wyeth will be heading to Co. Kerry this autumn as well. Congratulations to these eight writers and we’re sure they'll have a fruitful time!If you missed the deadlines for the above, fear not... the Jack Harte Bursary at Annaghmakerrig, a two-week fully resourced Writer-in-Residence Bursary, is once again open for applications. Click here to read more about...

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Leland Bardwell leaves a legacy of generous commitment to the arts

This week the sad news reached us of the death of Leland Bardwell. She was 94 and died in Sligo where she had made her home for many years. From her birth in India in 1922, Leland enjoyed a colourful life with a rich and varied writing career. Her work included five novels, five collections of poems, a collection of short stories, as well as a memoir, and several plays. Apart from her accomplished body of work, Leland also leaves a legacy of generous commitment to the arts, having been one of the founding editors of Cyphers. She was also...

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