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 and coffee), followed by a public meeting open to writers in the audience (up to 50 mins).
Panelists: Michael Harding, Brian Leyden, Monica Corish, Gerry Boland,
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.
This event is run in partnership with the Creative Frame professional development network at Leitrim Arts Office and hosted by Ballinamore Library.
Michael Harding writes novels, memoirs and plays, and a week weekly column in The Irish Times. He has worked in radio, film and theatre as performer, director and writer.
Brian Leyden is a novelist, short story writer, memoirist, playwright, screenwriter, librettist, and editor. His books include Departures, Death & Plenty, The Home Place and Sweet Old World: New & Selected Stories. He has written extensively about his home area for RTÉ's Sunday Miscellany. Other work for radio includes the documentaries No Meadows in Manhattan, Even the Walls Were Sweatin’, The Closing of the Gaiety Cinema in Carrick-on-Shannon and An Irish Station Mass. He co-wrote the feature film, Black Ice and is the recipient of a Broadcasting Authority of Ireland Sound Vision Award (2014) and an Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon Literary Bursary in 2014. Most recently he published Irlande '66/69 (French language edition) and the novel Summer of ’63.
After studying science and training as a nurse, Monica Corish worked in Africa for many years as a primary health care adviser with Irish and international NGOs. In 2005, the same year that she moved from Dublin to Kinlough, a cervical disc injury brought an end to her nursing and overseas development careers.
Monica was awarded an Arts Council Literature Bursary in 2009, and was shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2010. 'Slow Mysteries', her first poetry collection, was published by Doghouse in 2012. She won the 2013 North West Words Poetry Prize, and in 2014-15 was SPARK writer-in-residence at the Leitrim Observer. 'Gleanings - Poetry Inspired by the Leitrim Observer' was published by Leitrim Arts Office.
She received bursaries from Arts and Disability Awards Ireland and Leitrim Arts Office to develop 'A Dying Language', which was published in May 2016 by the Irish Hospice Foundation. Poetry from the collection was commended for the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine in 2015 and 2016. She leads writing workshops throughout the North West. www.monicacorish.ie
Born in Dublin, Gerry Boland is a writer, teacher and committed environmentalist. He writes poetry and short fiction and publishes in Irish and international journals. He came third in the 2008 Francis MacManus Short Story Competition and his story, 'Bridie's Birthday Party', is in the current Fish Anthology. He has had two travel books on Dublin published, the most recent of which was Strollers Guide to Dublin (Gill & MacMillan, 1999).
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