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It is with great regret that we heard of the death of Frank Buckley

It is with great regret that we heard of the death of Frank Buckley, who passed away on Thursday March 28th, 2019. Frank has been a longstanding friend of the Irish Writers Centre since its founding, and he was a man whose love of the arts made a considerable contribution to the life of the Centre both as a former Board member and as a patron of the arts. His generosity is evident in the fine collection of works that grace its rooms. We will miss his extraordinary talks about each and every painting on Culture Nights - they became...

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Introducing the Marian Keyes Young Writer Award recipients!

Introducing the Marian Keyes Young Writer Award recipients!

We are delighted to announce the recipients of the first two Marian Keyes Young Writer Awards. Congratulations to Emily Murtagh and Conor Duggan who will receive financial support to the value of €500 in the first six months of 2019. The new award is kindly sponsored by IWC Ambassador Marian Keyes specifically to encourage young writers aged 18-26 in the development of their artistic practice. Emily Murtagh Emily is a youth worker and freelance writer from Kilkenny, writing about hopeful things whenever possible. Her work has appeared on the RTE Culture website, in The Scotsman newspaper and in BND Magazine...

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Keeping Up With Our Roaming Writer-In-Residence

Keeping Up With Our Roaming Writer-In-Residence

  Deirdre Cartmill was our Roaming Writer-in-Residence 2019, funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and in partnership with Translink and Irish Rail. Travelling via train and delivering workshops at Queens University Belfast, Ulster University Coleraine, National University of Ireland, Galway and University College Dublin, Deirdre wrote haikus based on her experience.  Deirdre listened to voices and conversations of people on the trains, accumulating stories and building a treasure chest of potential workshops or essay ideas. Deirdre also connected and worked with creative writing students all over Ireland. Deirdre noticed on the trains that many people have their headphones on, listening to their phones, ipods and laptops. She has therefore recorded...

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Introducing the Writing for a Change: Flash Fiction Winners!

Introducing the Writing for a Change: Flash Fiction Winners!

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Writing for a Change: Flash Fiction Competition in association with the National Botanic Gardens and the Five Lamps Arts Festival. We received well over one hundred submissions, leaving our judges with the unenviable task of whittling it down to four winners - one in each category: English Language over 30, under 30, Irish language over 30 and under 30. Congratulations to: Geraldine McCarthy Jasper Stone Ian McMillan  Katie McGreal Geraldine McCarthy is the winner of the English Language over 30 category with her story, "Tell Me A Story". Geraldine lives in West...

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Announcing Our Second IWC Members' Nominee to the Board of Directors

Announcing Our Second IWC Members' Nominee to the Board of Directors

Introducing our second IWC Members' Nominee to the Board of Directors, Dermot Davis! Dermot Davis is an award-winning novelist and playwright. Dermot's creative work encompasses varied genres and styles with a special focus on human themes and characters transformed by life experience. Dermot's Pitch: "There are so many changes happening in the writer's world right now that it is a challenge to keep up and stay informed. As a member of WORD, the professional writers group attached to the centre, I am well placed to be made aware of writers' needs and concerns." If you would like to vote for Dermot, the email...

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