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Statement on Plans for Reopening of the Irish Writers Centre

Statement on Plans for Reopening of the Irish Writers Centre

Statement on Plans for Reopening of the Irish Writers Centre 22 July 2020 Thank you for your support and patience throughout the last few months as our usual services have been radically changed in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The team at the Irish Writers Centre are happy to share with you our plans for phased reopening of our beautiful building at Parnell Square. Here we outline the measures we have put in place to reopen our physical space to writers across the island of Ireland.  We aim to ensure a safe and warm welcome to you all, whilst...

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Information Session: Applying for Residencies and Bursaries with Hilary Copeland

Information Session: Applying for Residencies and Bursaries with Hilary Copeland

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland recently announced their Support for the Individual Artists Programme (SIAP), and they are accepting applications for General Arts Awards. If you're an artist or writer thinking of applying to this or any other opportunity, then have a look at this webinar from 25 June 2020 on applying for residencies, grants and bursaries.      This session will take you through the following topics: Drafting a cover letter Common mistakes to avoid Writing your CV Planning your budget Hilary Copeland is the Acting Director of the Irish Writers Centre, she has worked in arts management for over ten years,...

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Novel Fair Information Session with Anthony Glavin

Novel Fair

Novel Fair Information Session with Anthony Glavin

Last week, former Novel Fair judge Anthony Glavin ran an information session on Novel Fair 2021. Submissions for Novel Fair 2021 are now open until Friday 25 September. This year, we have introduced a new online submissions system. This means that aspiring novelists from all over the world can submit to us for the opportunity to be fast-tracked into the Irish & UK Publishing world. This online info session that will take you through everything you need to know when it comes to submitting to the Novel Fair. Described by The Irish Times as a 'Dragon's Den for writers', the Novel...

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The Irish Writers Centre Statement of Support for the Black Lives Matter Movement

The Irish Writers Centre Statement of Support for the Black Lives Matter Movement

The Irish Writers Centre would like to offer our solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement.  It is vital that when we address racism in Ireland, we also address the racial inequality across the literature sector in Ireland. We recognise that as the national resource centre for Irish writers, we have a responsibility to ensure that Black voices are uplifted, that Black writers are supported across the island of Ireland. We commit to listening to the voices of Black people and people of colour. We will critically reflect on our programmes, our physical spaces and our actions, and work to identify and...

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Reflections on a Digital Festival - Young Writer Delegates at Cúirt 2020

Reflections on a Digital Festival - Young Writer Delegates at Cúirt 2020

Last weekend, book lovers across the country tuned in to the world's first online literary festival. Cúirt's digital programme filled the space that had been left missing in many of our literary calendars since social distancing measures were put in place. It encouraged a sense of community among audiences and facilitated deeply engaging conversations among writers, at a time when their voices and insights have been most needed.  Among those in virtual attendance were our Young Writer Delegates, Tegan Forde, Martin Sykes, Niamh Elliott-Sherridan and Andrew Maguire. Here's how they got on. Tegan Forde - “Mothertongues” with Ciara Ní É, Ifor ap Glyn and Padraig MacAoidh...

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