Thursday, March 3rd, 12 – 9pm.
World Book Day at the Irish Writers’ Centre
Peter Sirr, Gerald Dawe, and Jean O’ Brien will join the World Book Day celebrations at the Irish Writers’ Centre. The day’s events are free and all are welcome to attend.
The celebrations will kick off at 12pm with a free Inkslingers creative writing session led by Andrew McEneff. This is a structured hour where participants will be given a series of writing prompts.
This will be followed at 1pm with Lunchtime Poetry Readings where celebrated poets, recent winner of the Michael Hartnett Prize Peter Sirr, Gerald Dawe, Paul Perry, winner of the Arvon Poetry Prize Jean O’ Brien, Richard Halperin and Aifric Mac Aodha, read from their latest collections.
At 3pm the Irish Writers’ Centre will launch a new series of Madaptations with a film screening of James Joyce’s The Dead. The Madaptations series will be held once a month at the Centre and will showcase films that have been based on books.
The celebrations will conclude at 7pm with a dramatic performance of Patrick Kavanagh’s The Great Hunger performed by Peter Duffy. With echoes of the Great Famine in the title and in the text, the poem focuses on the life and struggles of the anti-hero and small farmer Patrick Maguire.
The Irish Writers’ Centre is a non-profit organisation that promotes contemporary Irish literature. Since its foundation in 1991, the Centre has welcomed many award-winning writers through its doors, including Nobel, Costa, Man Booker, IMPAC, and Pulitzer Prize winners. It has also served as an important platform for breakthrough talent, with many young writers giving their first public readings here.