Who We Are | Foireann Áras Scríbhneoirí na hÉireann

Orla Martin  Lisa de Jong Irish Writers Centre

Valerie Bistany      

Director                 director@writerscentre.ie

Orla Martin

Administrator        info@writerscentre.ie

Lisa de Jong   

Comms & Events Officer          events@writerscentre.ie

Kiki Drost Projects Administrator

Kiki Drost    

Projects Administrator  projects@writerscentre.ie

Arnold Fanning     

Reception Administrator    info@writerscentre.ie

Bernadette Greenan     

Education Programmer    education@writerscentre.ie

Mary Neville Helen

Mary Neville

Independent Bookkeeper

Helen Mulvaney

Weekend Administrator

Paul Fitzgerald


What We Do | Cad a Dhéanann ÁSÉ

Founded in 1991, the Irish Writers Centre:

  • Is the national resource centre for Irish literature
  • Our mission is to support, promote and inform writers at all stages of their development.
  • Offers a diverse programme of writing courses and workshops led by established writers across a range of genres including memoir, poetry, playwriting, short-stories and the novel.
  • Runs seminars, lectures and readings related to the art of writing.
  • Hosts a monthly Takin’ the Mic, where members of the public are encouraged to share their creative endeavours.
  • Welcomes writers, readers and international visitors keen to  develop their career as a writer. 

     Our building at 19 Parnell Square in the heart of northside Georgian Dublin:

    • Boasts fine rooms that are used as workshop spaces and are available to rent.
    • Houses the Kiely Room, which is available for book launches, panel discussions, plays and spoken word.
    • Is open to the public 6 days a week providing a creative space for writers’ groups, writers and performers.


    The Irish Writers Centre has several international projects that involve linking Irish writers with those in other countries. For example:

    • The Italo-Irish Literature Exchange (IILE) was initiated to provide a forum for Italian and Irish writers to meet and connect and promote their literatures in one another’s countries.
    • Our Nordic Outposts Literature Exchange Programme forges links with literary organisations in the Nordic countries to create ongoing dialogue and promotional opportunities for both Irish and Nordic authors.
    • We hope to encourage translation, increase readerships and bolster literary tourism with the aim to arrange a return visit of Irish writers to Norway in 2017.