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|
|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
|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.