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: Mary Morrissy, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Kieran Crowley and William Wall
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 present.
Mary Morrissy is an ward-winning Irish novelist and short story writer, the author of three novels, Mother of Pearl, The Pretender and The Rising of Bella Casey, and two collections of short stories, A Lazy Eye and Prosperity Drive. I’ve taught creative writing at university level in the US and Ireland since 2000 and currently teaches at UCC where she is associate director of creative writing.
Doireann Ní Ghríofa is a bilingual writer working both in Irish and English. Among her awards are the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Michael Hartnett Prize, and the Ireland Chair of Poetry bursary. Her most recent book is Oighear.
Kieran Crowley is a children's writer from Mallow, Co. Cork. His debut novel Colm & the Lazarus Key was shortlisted for the Bisto Book of the Year Award in 2010. His most recent book was The Mighty Dynamo, published by Macmillan in 2016.
William Wall is the 2017 winner of the Drue Heinz For Literature. He is the author of four novels, two volumes of short fiction and three collections of poetry. His third collection of short fiction, The Islands, will be published by Pittsburgh University Press in 2017 and his fourth collection of poetry, The Yellow House, will appear from Salmon in 2017. His fifth novel, Grace’s Day, will be published by New Island in 2018. His work has been translated into many languages and he translates from Italian. He lives in Cork.