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: Niamh Boyce, Paula Leyden, Grace Wells
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.
Award winning poet, short story writer and novelist - her debut The Herbalist won Newcomer of the Year at Irish Book Awards and was long listed for an IMPAC. She was Hennessy XO New Irish Writer of the Year in 2011. Niamh also works as a librarian, teaches workshops and writes freelance articles.
Paula Leyden was born in Kenya but spent much of her life in Zambia and South Africa. She now lives in Kilkenny and started writing fiction when she moved to Ireland. She is the author of The Butterfly Heart which won the CBI Eilis Dillon Award and The Sleeping Baobab Tree which won the CBI Special Judges Award. Both these books were set in Zambia. Her third novel, Keepsake, to be published by Little Island, is due out in April 2017. It is set in Ireland. She lives in Kilkenny with her partner Tom O'Neill, an author, and their five children.
Grace Wells is an award-winning writer and poet. She won the Eilís Dillon best newcomer award for her debut children’s novel ‘Gyrfalcon’, and the Rupert and Eithne Strong Best First Collection Award for her debut poetry collection ‘When God Has Been Called Away to Greater Things’. She mentors writers for Kilkenny and Waterford County Council and on behalf of Poetry Ireland and Words Ireland.
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