Presented by the Irish Writers Centre, and supported by WORDS Ireland, this professional development session is aimed at established and emerging writers and will focus on the business aspect of writing. Find out:

  • the types of funding, opportunities and supports available to writers;
  • ways of generating alternative sources of income;
  • what being a Writer-in-Residence really means and what residencies are currently available.

Witness the mysteries behind the literary scene as they are revealed and unpacked by a diverse panel of experts; both national and regional. A must for the enterprising writer.

Speakers include: Noelle Campbell Sharp (Cill Rialaig), Audrey Keane (Arts Council, Literature), Kate Kennelly (Kerry Arts Officer) and Noel O'Regan (writer and former Kerry County Council Writer-in Residence) 

Starts: Sat 30 May

Time: 4.00pm – 5.30pm
Cost: €10/€8 Concession

Venue: The Boy's School, Listowel
Booking: www.writersweek.ie

About the speakers

Dr. Noelle Campbell-Sharp is the Founder of the Cill Rialaig Project which has awarded over 3,500 rent-free, short residencies to visual artists and writers over the past two decades at the Cill Rialaig Artist Retreat in Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry. Noelle, apart from her voluntary role as Founder of Cill Rialaig runs her own gallery, ORIGIN, in Dublin. However, she spends a great deal of time in her adopted county Kerry helping to host some of the world’s leading artists and also guiding the exhibition offerings and events at the Cill Rialaig Arts Centre in Dun Geagan, Ballinskelligs.

Audrey Keane is the Literature and Film Officer at the Arts Council and is also one of the information and advice officers for the EU’s Creative Europe Culture Sub-programme. Audrey has worked in various roles in the Arts Council since 1997 including as Young People, Children and Education Officer. Previously she worked in university administration in UCD, Trinity College and the University of Queensland.

Kate Kennelly is the Kerry Arts Officer. A native Kerry woman, she has worked for Kerry County Council since 1999 and enjoys the challenge of the job, which is varied and dynamic. Kate is very aware of the wealth of talent in the county and strives to ensure that arts and creativity are valued within the Local Authority. She firmly believes that experiencing the arts, both as practitioner and audience is a right of every person in Kerry. Having completed a Masters in Tourism Management, Kate promotes links between the arts sector and tourism industry.

Noel O’Regan is the recipient of the 2014 Sean Dunne Young Writers’ Award and a Leonard A. Koval Memorial Prize, as well as being a prize winner in the Bridport Prize and Writing Spirit Award. He has been shortlisted for numerous other awards, is a Pushcart Prize nominee, and his fiction has appeared in publications in Ireland and abroad, including The Stinging Fly, Ambit and The Penny Dreadful. He was the 2013/2014 Kerry County Council Writer-in-Residence. Noel has also 
compiled and edited the anthology Visions: An Anthology of Emerging Kerry Writers, and is now the Literary Editor for HeadStuff.org

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