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Announcing Our New Patron President Michael D. Higgins & Our Six Ambassadors

We are delighted to announce that President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, has kindly agreed to become the Patron of the Irish Writers Centre. The President will visit the Centre on 13 January 2016, marking what promises to be a memorable inaugural event in our 25th anniversary celebration year. We are also thrilled to welcome six new Ambassadors who will act to promote and endorse the Irish Writers Centre over the next three years. They are all key literary figures in Irish literature selected across a range of disciplines and we look forward to working with them in furthering the aims and...

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Meet our autumn 2015 facilitators: 1. Conor Kostick

We caught up with novelist Conor Kostick as he prepares to begin teaching his Finish your Novel course here at the Irish Writers Centre. Over tea and biscuits in the Centre's library, Conor discussed his summer reading, his favourite childhood book and his preference for print over ebooks.  Irish Writers Centre: What have you been reading over the summer? Conor Kostick: I've been reading David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. I can hardly put it down — best three euro I've ever spent! Everyone says Dickens is a great novelist, but when I read him 20 or 30 years ago I couldn't really see it....

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Announcing the recipients of the Irish Writers Centre / Cill Rialaig residencies

In case you're not signed up to our newsletter (it's never too late to do so: click & scroll down!), we've announced the seven lucky recipients of our Cill Rialaig residencies which will take place over 10 days in October this year:    - Andrea Carter - Anthony Glavin  - Catherine Dunne - Lia Mills  - Louise Phillips - Maria McManus  - Seán Hardie   We're delighted to be partnering with Cill Rialaig for the first time and congratulations to all seven writers. Cill Rialaig is going to be humming with heavyweight literary activity this autumn. Watch this space!    

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'Now God is dead, novelists have acquired a priestly function.'

Book launch

On Tuesday 23 June 2015, Carlo Gébler launched Here’s Me Here, Further Reflections of a Lapsed Protestant – a collection of writings by Glenn Patterson (published by New Island Books).  Gébler's musings on the evolution of the writer, the human experience and that much sought after concept, truth, are likely to resound with many writers.       'We believe in glasnost. Of course we do. We’re in literature, on Grub Street. Glenn Patterson is my friend, my very good friend. Bear that in mind when you listen to what I have to say.      The ecology of literature contains constants that never...

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Five tips for getting published

As we're taking our Publishing Day series on the road this week as part of the Belfast Book Festival, we've put together a few quick tips for aspiring writers on how to get published:    1. Google Is your FriendResearch each publisher and know who you're submitting to. Read submission guidelines carefully and note whether unsolicited manuscripts are accepted, what genres they publish and what authors are on their lists. 2.  A Clean Pair of Eyes Find someone who will read your work with a keen eye and who is prepared to give you honest feedback before sending out your...

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