This Wednesday the Irish Writers’ Centre will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a free reading by award-winning novelist Sebastian Barry.
From the press release and event page:
The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Mr Jimmy Deenihan, TD, will visit the Irish Writers’ Centre on Wed 20 July at 7.00 pm to unveil a plaque acknowledging the financial support of his Department and celebrating the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Centre. The dual celebration will include a special guest reading by Sebastian Barry. It will continue with readings from selected writers and writing groups who h…ave been using the Centre on a regular basis over the past couple of years to meet and develop their work. A reception before and afterwards will ensure that this is going to be an extremely enjoyable occasion, and everyone is invited to join us for this celebration.
The Writers’ Centre opened its door in 1991 and since then has been at the heart of literary activities in Dublin. Over the past few years it has endured difficulties and crisis, but is still vibrant, still tackling new challenges. For example, the programme of prose readings, the ‘Peregrine Readings’, financed by the Arts Council, has visited every corner of Ireland over the past year.
The Minister’s visit will start the celebration of the Centre’s 20th year and there will be an exciting programme of events to follow over the coming months.
The Irish Writers’ Centre has long been a hub of literary activity in Dublin, supporting established and aspiring writers throughout Ireland from its base at the heart of Dublin’s cultural quarter. It is a non-profit organisation, aimed at promoting the literature and writers in Ireland.
Since it was founded in 1991, the Irish Writers’ Centre has welcomed many award winning writers through its door…s, 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.
Through a diverse programme of creative writing workshops, seminars, lectures and readings, the centre nurtures emerging talent and fosters relationships between writers and their Irish audience. Our creative writing students benefit from the guidance and insight of successful poets, novelists, and short story writers who themselves have been published.
Many writing groups meet at the centre to exchange ideas and develop their writing, and the staff run a monthly book club, where the public are invited to come and be part of our thriving literary community.
Our doors are always open and the centre itself is a peaceful sanctuary for writers to escape the bustling city that rumbles outside.
- Seminar on Publishing Poetry and Short Stories – July | Irish Writers’ Centre (mickrooney.blogspot.com)
- Bloomsday Celebrations | Irish Writers’ Centre (mickrooney.blogspot.com)
- The Peregrine Readings | Irish Writers’ Centre (mickrooney.blogspot.com)
- In praise of … the Irish Writers’ Centre (guardian.co.uk)
- Sebastian Barry, author of On Canaan’s Side, answers Ten Terrifying Questions (booktopia.com.au)
- Dublin Writers’ Festival 2011 – May 23rd to 29th (mickrooney.blogspot.com)
- Sebastian Barry (teaandtrivia.wordpress.com)
- Govt. decisions on 20-Year Strategy for Irish Language announced (3/6/11) (politics.ie)