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In Memoriam - Elizabeth O’Carroll

In Memoriam - Elizabeth O’Carroll

We were very saddened to hear of the sudden passing of one of our beloved IWC members Elizabeth O’Carroll, a founder member of the Bealtaine writers’ group.  The group originated in a series of workshops offered by the Irish Writers Centre and Age and Opportunity as part of the Bealtaine Festival celebrating creativity in older people in May 1999.  She taught creative writing and was also published in various publications, including two Bealtaine Writers Poetry Anthologies. A former teacher, born in County Armagh, she is the mother of six and grandmother of eleven, and was an avid and engaged gardener,...

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Novel Fair – It Could Be You!

Novel Fair – It Could Be You!

I’m not a great one for entering competitions or indeed for any kind of prizes that involve having to add extra work to my day in the hope of … maybe…perhaps… or with a little luck, who knows? However, in 2013 something caught my eye in the multitude of emails and writerly information that passes in front of most aspiring writers eyes on a weekly basis. It was a post, on some thread, off out in the ether, talking about the Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair. I’m still not sure what made me follow that post up. But, I must have...

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Florence and Cill Riallaig Residency Recipients Announced

We're thrilled to announce the lucky and hard-working recipients of both our Florence and Cill Rialaig Residencies. Congratulations to Annette Skade who will spend one week in St Mark's Church, Florence. During her stay Annette will have the opportunity to meet the local writing community and will take part in a public reading. Congratulations also the following writers who will spend ten days in Cill Rialaig, County Kerry; Sue Leonard, Fiona O'Rourke, Breda Wall Ryan, Anna Heussaff, Moyra Donaldson, Aiden O'Reilly, Kelly Creighton. The decision process wasn't easy and we're honoured to offer these talented writers the time and space to write in beautiful and inspiring surroundings.      ...

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Irish Writers Centre Summer 2017 Survey

Irish Writers Centre Summer 2017 Survey

We have launched our summer survey to help us learn more about the IWC community and how to improve our services around the country. The survey takes less than five minutes and puts you in the running to win a free course of your choice! Fill out the survey here >>>

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Irish Writers Centre Welcomes New Writers’ and Artists’ Social Welfare Initiative

Press Release

Irish Writers Centre Welcomes New Writers’ and Artists’ Social Welfare Initiative

The Irish Writers Centre welcomes the launch of a new pilot initiative which will acknowledge the professional status of writers and artists applying for Jobseeker’s Allowance. The pilot was launched today Monday 12 June by Minister for the Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humpreys and Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar in Poetry Ireland on Parnell Square.  The pilot is being developed in partnership between the Department of Social Protection and the Department of Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, as part of a key commitment to artists under the Creative Ireland programme. The Irish Writers Centre and Visual Artists Ireland have been...

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