Susanna and the Elders by Daniel O'Neill
The Irish Writers’ Centre has long been a hub of literary activity, supporting established and aspiring writers throughout Ireland from its base at the heart of Dublin's cultural quarter. It is a non-profit organisation, a registered charity, with the remit of promoting Irish writers and literature at home and abroad.
The Irish Writers' Centre was founded in 1987 and its doors opened to the public at 19 Parnell Square, Dublin, in 1991. Since then it has welcomed many award winning writers, 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 audience. Our creative writing students benefit from the guidance and insight of established poets, novelists, and short story writers, and then regularly proceed to successful careers as published authors themselves. Many writing groups meet at the Centre to exchange ideas and develop their writing. But we are also open and available to the reading public, and provide endless opportunities for people to come and be part of our thriving literary community.
We are developing our web site, blog, newsletter, etc, to provide information on activities and events not only in the Centre, but around the country. Our organisational network is expanding throughout Ireland, and we are also developing links with literary interests around the world.
Our door is permanently open and the Centre itself is a peaceful sanctuary for writers to escape the bustling city that rumbles outside. We make a point of providing tea, coffee, and free internet access to our members, be they writers or readers, and always welcome the general public to come in and look around our beautiful Georgian building and art collection.