The Irish Writers' Centre is host to numerous exciting literary events over the next few months. Make sure you keep up-to-date and check our site regularly for details on events. For more information on any of the events, please call us at the Centre on 01 8721302.
A Titter of Wit is a hilarious journey through Irish literature in drama and song that is both entertaining and educational. Produced by Whirligig Theatre Company, the show features performances of humorous selections from O'Casey, Joyce, Wilde, Behan, Beckett and other great Irish writers, performed by versatile and professional actors in the elegant surroundings of the Irish Writers’ Centre in the heart of Dublin.
This fast-moving show lasts just 50 minutes – an ideal way to spend your lunchtime! A Titter of Wit was developed in 2010 by Ann Russell, Owen O' Gorman and Jessica Freed and was initially performed in Temple Bar with great success.
Runs on: 23 & 30 August
Time: 1pm sharp, arrive 12:50 to grab a quick bite to eat.
Tickets: €10/ €8 members (Light lunch included) On opening day, special price of €8 for non-members and €6 for members.
Bookings can be made online, in person or at the door. For further information, please contact us by email or by telephone (01) 8721302.
Takin' the Mic
Free admission, Suggested donation: €5
Welcoming poets, prose writers, songwriters and musicians, comedians and anyone else who wants to have a go at our monthly open mic night.
This month's host is Temper-Mental MissElayneous!
- Five mins per performer
- Free event; suggested donations: €5
- Slots are on a first come, first served basis
- Book your slot in advance: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 3 Sept.
Title by Title Information Clinic with the Arts Council
The Publications/Title by Title Scheme 2015 will open for applications on Tuesday 12 August 2014.
The primary purpose of this scheme is to assist Irish publishers in the production of high quality literary titles, publications and journals. Irish publishers and literary journals will be eligible to apply for financial support for up to seven titles in the areas of: fiction, creative non-fiction, children's literature, poetry, drama, graphic novels and illustrated picture books, arts criticism, contemporary arts biography and contemporary arts auto-biography. Publishers of e-books and printed and online literary journals will also be eligible to apply.
The closing date for this scheme is 11 September 2014 and full details are available on the Arts Council's website here.
For further information please contact Audrey Keane, Literature Officer at email@example.com or Jennifer Lawless, Literature Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org
In advance of the deadline, the Arts Council will hold an information clinic at the Irish Writers' Centre, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 2 to offer advice and information on the application process.
The clinic will be held on Wednesday 3rd September from 11am until 12.30pm.
To book a place at this clinic, please email email@example.com by Friday 22nd August 2014. There is no cost to attend and we would ask participants to read the Guidelines to the scheme in advance of attending the clinic.
Thursday 4 Sept.
Book Launch - The House Where it Happened by Martina Devlin with Anne Cassin
We are delighted to host bestselling author and award-winning journalist Martina Devlin for the launch of The House Where it Happenedwhich will be launched by RTÉ's Anne Cassin. All welcome.
About the book: The House Where it Happened is inspired by a true but little-known story about the last conviction for witchcraft in Ireland. In 1711, in a remote corner of Antrim, eight women from the Ulster-Scots community were accused of being witches by a pretty young newcomer. A group trial followed, causing a sensation. What happened was Ireland's version of the notorious Salem epidemic. But why did a seemingly normal girl claim she was bewitched? And why did a community turn against eight respectable women? Could the answer lie in the strange house where the supernatural activity was said to have taken place? Martina Devlin has fictionalised a compelling episode from history, transforming it into a spine-chilling tale. Her novel will be published by Ward River Press, a new Poolbeg imprint.
Culture Night 2014
The Irish Writers' Centre, in collaboration with Children's Books Ireland and Poetry Ireland, promises a fun evening for all ages!
5–7pm: Meet the Children's Books Ireland expert Book Doctor – book recommendations and activities for young readers.
6.30–7.30pm: Open mic for writers of children's literature and young adult fiction. Five minute slots.
7.30–10.30pm: Irish Writers' Centre and Poetry Ireland present a Takin the Mic. Welcoming writers and performers of all genres. Guest performances throughout the evening! And if you don't have anything prepared but want to take part, we'll have lots of pieces for you to choose from in our lucky dip.
6.30–8pm: Creative writing workshop with the Inkslingers creative writing group.
6.30–7.30pm: Spoken word workshop with Colm Keegan (Lingo Festival). Take the mic with confidence!
Open Day at the Centre
Find out more about what goes on in the Centre: writing clinics with established writers, open writers’ groups, tours and more.
Drop by for a coffee and a chat to meet the team.
Yes But Are We Enemies – English and Irish Poets Having Words
A groundbreaking exploration of contemporary writing in which six poets from Ireland and England tour brand new work produced collaboratively in cross-national partnerships.
This is a project about the creation of collaborative work, but also about the integration of differing poetic communities. Each event as part of the tour will additionally feature specially-commissioned collaborations between poets from the region.
Ailbhe Darcy & Sam Riviere
Billy Ramsell & SJ Fowler
Christodoulos Makris & Patrick Coyle
Rob Doyle & Dave Lordan
Michael Naghten Shanks & Cal Doyle
John Kearns & Kit Fryatt
Anamaría Crowe Serrano & Alan Jude Moore
& more TBA
The readings at the Irish Writers Centre will be preceded by a panel discussion (7–8pm) exploring the collaborative process and other experimental writing approaches with moderator Susan Tomaselli, editor of gorse literary journal.
The tour visits five venues across Ireland and concludes with a show in London, with each event featuring a unique combination of pairs. Click here to see details of the full tour.
Yes But Are We Enemies is co-curated by Christodoulos Makris and SJ Fowler, as an extension of the Enemies Project into Ireland.
The project acknowledges generous funding support from The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and The Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Latvian Poetry Day
Free admission, Suggested donation: €5
Celebrating Latvian and Irish poetry – organised by the Latvian Society in Ireland
The event will be opened by the Latvian Ambassador to Ireland.
- Irish writer Eoin McNamee (12.10pm)
- Poet, journalist, active participant of the Third Awakening Anna Rancāne (1–2.30pm)
- Irish poet Michael O’Laughlin alias Miķelis Norģelis (2.30–3.30pm)
- Journalist and historian Sandra Bondarevska (3.30–4pm)
Financial support: Finance First
Supported by: Embassy of the Republic of Latvia to Ireland
Book Launch: Her Father's Daughter – Nessa O'Mahony's third collection of poetry
Acclaimed American poet Tess Gallagher will launch Her Father’s Daughter, Irish Writers Centre tutor Nessa O’Mahony’s third collection of poems, published by Salmon Poetry. In this new collection, Nessa explores the nature of the bonds between fathers and daughters, ties that are eternal and that cannot be dissolved by time, distance or loss. She makes that exploration through poems that combine the autobiographical with the historical as she explores poetically two very contrasting father-daughter relationships from two very contrasting periods of Irish history.
Nessa’s grandfather, Michael McCann, was a quintessential Irish nationalist of the early part of the twentieth century. He fought for the British in World War I, then fought against the British in the Irish War of Independence and finally fought his fellow countrymen in an Irish Civil War. In this collection, Nessa presents a parallel sequences of poems, one relating to her relationship with her own father, whose decline and death she charts with painful honesty, the second exploring the life of her grandfather, a more mysterious figure whose story slowly emerges through her mother's memories, and her own research. The result is a meditation on love and losing and on what is retained through narrative and memory.
About the author: Nessa O’Mahony was born in Dublin and lives in Rathfarnham where she works as a freelance teacher and writer. She was awarded an Arts Council of Ireland literature bursary in 2004 and 2011, a Simba Gill Fellowship in 2005 and an artists’ bursary from South Dublin County Council in 2007. She was Artist in Residence at the John Hume Institute for Global Irish Studies, University College Dublin, in 2008. She has published three books – her first collection, Bar Talk, appeared in 1999. Her second, Trapping a Ghost, was published in 2005. A verse novel, In Sight of Home, was published by Salmon in 2009.
National Poetry Day
Free admission, Suggested donation: €5
To celebrate National Poetry Day, we're inviting writing groups, members and all friends of the Centre to take part in a poetry themed open mic. Guest performances from well-known poets to be announced soon!
If you are experiencing difficulties accessing online payment, then we can take your credit or debit card booking by telephone at 01-872 1302.