Mindshift: The Connected Writer - Getting the Gig, Putting it On (ILFD)
Irish Writers Centre

Mindshift: The Connected Writer - Getting the Gig, Putting it On (ILFD)

Regular price €50.00

Are you looking to take part in more literary events and festivals? Or maybe you want to improve your skillset for readings, panel discussions and interviews. This professional development day as part of the International Literature Festival Dublin, supported by WORDS Ireland, is aimed at full-time writers. It will inform you on how to get the gig and how to connect with – and even wow – an audience.

Hear from Sarah Webb (writer and Children’s Curator of Mountains to Sea Book Festival), Martin Colthorpe (International Literature Festival, Dublin and formerly of the Southbank Centre) and Keith Acheson (Belfast Book Festival & Crescent Arts Centre) as they discuss knowing your USPs as a writer, connecting with relevant curators and organisers, and the etiquette of ‘getting out there’. Doireann Ni Bhriain will tackle how to prepare for the gig, your presence onstage, public speaking and the dos and don’ts of literary performances. Martina Devlin will also look at maintaining momentum both in the run-up to and the aftermath of the event.

Starts: Sat 23 May

Time: 10.30am – 4.15pm
Duration: 1 Day
Cost: €60/€50 Members

 

Timetable:

10.30am–11.45am

Sarah Webb, Martin Colthorpe & Keith Acheson in conversation with Martina Devlin.

The panel will discuss their own backgrounds and what they look for in a winning festival line-up. They will also tackle knowing your USPs as a writer, how to connect with relevant curators and organisers, and the etiquette of ‘getting out there’. 

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11.45am–12pm BREAK

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12.00–1.00pm – The conversation continues…

The panelists from the first session will reconvene and expand on some of the morning’s salient points, as well as encouraging an open forum with Q&A from the audience.

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1.00–2.00pm BREAK

 

 

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2.00–3.15pm – Your public presence

Doireann Ní Bhriain will tackle how to prepare for the gig, your presence on-stage, public speaking and the do’s and don’ts of literary performances. 

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3.30–4.30pm – Maintaining momentum

Martina Devlin will look at maintaining momentum both in the run-up to and the aftermath of the event as well as highlighting various reading and performance techniques that she has found effective.

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About the speakers

Sarah Webb writes for both children and adults and is the children's curator of the Mountains to Sea Book Festival. 

Martin Colthorpe has a background in programming and commissioning events in literature, film, art and contemporary culture and is the current Programme Director of International Literature Festival Dublin. 

Keith Acheson is the Director of Belfast's award-winning Crescent Arts Centre and the Belfast Book Festival. During his time at the centre he has worked with many theatre companies, recording artists, festivals and arts facilitators. 

Doireann Ní Bhriain is a broadcaster and voice and presentation trainer with many years experience of using her own voice professionally and helping others develop good vocal delivery.

Martina Devlin is a bestselling author and award-winning journalist. She has had eight books published and has taken part in numerous literary events and festivals. 

 

            


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