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 for tea & coffee), followed by a public meeting open to writers in the audience (up to 50 mins).
Panelists: Mike McCormack, Patricia Forde, Christian O'Reilly, and Mary O'Malley
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.
Mike McCormack is an Irish novelist and short story writer. He has published two collections of short stories, Getting It In the Head and Forensic Songs and three novels - Crowe's Requiem, Notes from a Coma and Solar Bones.
Patricia Forde lives in Galway, in the west of Ireland. She has published three Picture Books, lots of Easy Readers, and in May 2015 she published her first novel The Wordsmith with Little Island. She has also written two plays, as well as several television drama series for children and teenagers. She has worked as a writer on both English and Irish language soap operas.
Christian is a playwright and screenwriter based in Galway, Ireland. His plays have been produced in Ireland and internationally by companies such as Druid and Rough Magic. He was a recipient of the Stewart Parker Trust New Playwright Bursary for his debut play THE GOOD FATHER.
Mary O’Malley is a poet from Connemara, Co Galway. Her collections are A Consideration of Silk (Galway, Salmon Poetry, 1990); Where the Rocks Float (Salmon, 1993); The Knife in the Wave, (Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare, Salmon Publishing, 1997); Asylum Road (Salmon Publishing, 2001); The Boning Hall (Manchester, Carcanet Press, 2002); A Perfect V (Carcanet Press, 2006); Valparaiso (Carcanet Press, 2012); and Playing the Octopus (Carcanet Press, 2016).
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