After ten years, Valerie Bistany steps down as Director of the Irish Writers Centre. On Monday, we raised a glass in recognition and gratitude to Valerie for her commitment, passion and stewardship of the Irish Writers Centre and her advocacy for writers across the island of Ireland. Flick through a series of joyful moments from the night. 

Valerie Bistany, January 2024


Valerie Bistany, Mike McCormack and Betty Stenson, January 2024


Jack Gilligan, Brendan Mac Evilly, Valerie Bistany, Pádraig Burke, January 2024


Former IWC directors, Peter Sirr, Valerie Bistany and Hilary Copeland, January 2024


Audience listen to tributes. January 2024


Liz McManus, January 2024


IWC Chairperson, Breda Brown, January 2024


Valerie Bistany at the IWC readers podium, January 2024


While everyone will miss working with Valerie, we want to take the opportunity to celebrate her success steering the Irish Writers Centre as an advocate for writers across the island. Read blog for a snapshot of all she has achieved.