Free entry: this event is for writers that earn or aspire to earn some or all of their income from writing.
Format: panel discussion (50 mins) break (10 mins), followed by a public meeting open to writers in the audience (up to 50 mins). Refreshments provided.
Panelists: Ian Sansom, Moyra Donaldson and Sheena Wilkinson
Details: Words Ireland is hosting a series of nationwide public meetings for professional and practising writers to hear how writers sustain their careers. We want to begin a national debate on the future of literature resourcing and funding in Ireland.
Which opportunities make creative and financial sense? Which types of writing work open doors to further opportunities? Which supports are you lacking and which are a waste of time? We’ll find out from a panel of experienced professional writers from across the genres who will also address issues relating to income, royalties, writers fees, and more.
After the panel discussion, we’ll be giving you – the writers in the audience – the opportunity to have your voices heard. Come prepared with practical improvements and new ideas for the literature sector in an event which will undoubtedly generate lively discussion and debate among the writers, poets, and children’s authors present.
Ian Sansom, from Essex, England, is the author of the Mobile Library Mystery Series. As of 2016, he has written three books in a series that will comprise a projected forty-four novels. He is a frequent contributor to, and critic for, The Guardian and the London Review of Books.
Moyra Donaldson has published six collections of poetry including Selected Poems (2012), and The Goose Tree (2014) from Liberties Press, Dublin. She is also an experienced creative writing facilitator and mentor. Her latest project was a collaboration with photographic artist Victoria J Dean.
Described by The Irish Times as 'one of our foremost writers for young people', SheenaWilkinson is the author of five novels, including the CBI overall Book Of The Year, Grounded. After winning an Arts Council Major Award in 2012, she left a sensible job to write full-time.
Words Ireland is a grouping of seven national literature resources organisations who work collaboratively to provide co-ordinated professional development and resources services to the literature sector. www.wordsireland.ie