20 – 29 May


Words Ireland @ ILFDublin: A National Day for Writers

Friday, 25 May
Royal Hospital Kilmainham
€45 Earlybird, €55 Standard, €120 Group of Three

What’s happening? Words Ireland @ ILFDublin: A National Day for Writers is a one-day get together for professional and emerging writers working in all forms. It takes place at IMMA, Dublin on Friday 25 May.

What is it, exactly? We’re building the ideal environment for writers to gather together, reflect on your creative and professional practice, catch up with industry leaders and be inspired.

So what will happen on the day? There’ll be writer’s manifestos and lectures, and presentations from writers on their recent projects and collaborations. You’ll hear how your peers manage their time and workload, and develop opportunities for themselves at home and abroad. Opportunities to discuss and debate development and funding of literature in Ireland. Events that will help evolve your thinking on how words can be produced and performed on stage, and another that offers serious industry insight from publishers, agents, book sales analysts, etc.

What are the benefits? As well as informative, writer-centric events, we’re gathering 40 literature organisations and lots of industry personnel together to meet writers in the Great Hall at IMMA. Grab a free tea/coffee and sit down with the people and organisations who regularly offer writers work.

How does it work? There are nine events to choose from on the day. Each is short and sweet, 50 minutes long. You’ll get to choose the events that are right for you, then everyone sits in on the final keynote event. Then free beers!

Time Baroque Chapel Johnstone Room
10.30am Three Writers’ Manifestos Children’s Writers Confab
11.30am International Industry Insight How I Made This: Collaborations
12.30am Future of Writing Forum Producing the Word on Stage
1.30pm Complimentary lunch of sandwiches  
2.30pm– 3.45pm Your Writing Life – Home & Abroad How I Made This: Practice and Process
4.00pm Keynote Speaker  
5.00pm Kinnegar Brewing Reception  


What’s the line up? We’ve not completed the line-up of speakers yet, but here’s who’s confirmed so far:

Anne Enright | Kit de Waal | John Boyne | Marina Carr | Alan Titley | Selina Tusitala Marsh | Dani Gill | Julia Bird | Stephen James Smith | Mia Gallagher | Gavin Corbett | Ashleigh Young | Paul McVeigh | Sarah Webb | Paul Perry | Oisín McGann | Sheena Wilkinson | Christodoulos Makris | Suzanne Walsh | Nathan O’Donnell | Susan McKay | Damian O’Donnell | Freya McClements | Julieann Campbell | Julia Churchill | André Streedt | Neil Belton | Sarah Bannan | Marcella Bannon | Jo Mangan | Michael O’Reilly | Ruth Hegarty | Sinéad Mac Aodha | Declan Meade

Confirmed Exhibitors

Irish Writers Centre Books Ireland NCFA Boundless and Bare
Poetry Ireland UCD Arts Council Tangerine Magazine
Childrens book ireland Big Smoke ICLA comp Little Island
Stinging Fly Banshee SCBWI Museum of Irish Literature
Munster Literature Centre Gill Books Tramp Press Dublin Book Festival
Literature Ireland Salmon Press Crannóg Fingal Arts Office
Publishing Ireland IrishWriters Union Belfast Book Festival Fiction at the Friary
Royal Irish Academy Books Go Social John O’Connor School IMRAM
The History Press The AFEPI Hewitt School  

Is it pricey? Early bird tickets are €45 and general admission is €55. That includes free lunch of sandwiches and drinks reception. Group tickets for 3 cost €120 in total, so if you can encourage two more writer friends to join you, it’ll only cost €40 each. Click here to book.

I have a published book that I want to pitch to Film Directors! Great stuff; we have just the thing for you. We’ll be pairing ten ticket holders with ten film directors, so you can pitch your story to each one. More details coming soon.

Words Ireland is a collective of seven literature organisations working collaboratively to create an environment in which writers can develop sustainable writing lives: Children's Books Ireland, Irish Writers Centre, Literature Ireland, Munster Literature Centre, Poetry Ireland, Publishing Ireland, The Stinging Fly.