Who We Are | Foireann Áras Scríbhneoirí na hÉireann
Our Team | Ár Foireann
Cassia Gaden Gilmartin
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 education programme of writing courses and workshops led by established writers across a range of genres including memoir, poetry, creative non-fiction, criticism, playwriting, writing for screen, animation and games, short-stories and the novel.
- Hosts a bi-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. Currently, we are in our second round of an Irish-Norwegian Writers’ Exchange in partnership with the Norwegian Embassy in Dublin, Bergen County Council and Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat.
- We provide a writer-in-residence scheme in partnership with St Mark’s Church in Florence. Now in its fourth year, the successful applicant can avail of one week’s free accommodation to write in a most beautiful central location in Florence.
The IWC has a current five year strategy (2017-2021) which endeavours to:
1. To continue delivering excellent services for and on behalf of Irish writers
2. To ensure that more people experience writing through our diverse programmes
3. To extend our services to young people and children to foster the next generation of writers
4. To strengthen and secure our position in the Cultural Quarter
5. To achieve sustainable levels of core funding and capacity to ensure the delivery of excellence into the future
A full copy of our strategy can be downloaded here.