Archive for November, 2007

Video for Day of Support

29th November 2007

A strong turn-out of members from the Guild demonstrated in Dublin yesterday as part of the International Day of Support for the WGA strike in the USA. Videos from other countries that participated in the rally can also be viewed at the Day of Support on YouTube. Many thanks to Alessandro Molatore for his sterling work putting the video together.

Public Lending Rights

29th November 2007

According to the Irish Writers Union the long-awaited Public Lending Right (PLR) scheme has finally come into effect.

Until yesterday, Irish writers have never been paid for the lending of their works via the Irish public library system. The EU ruled that Ireland failed to comply with a 1992 directive on the matter, and in September the Copyright and Related Rights (Amendment) Bill 2007 was passed in the Seanad.

Irish writers can now expect a regular modest payment for when their books are borrowed from Irish libraries.


27th November 2007

Tomorrow’s schedule for our Day of Support for the WGA’s strike in the USA is as follows:

Meet at the Guild building (Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2). We’ll supply the WGA t-shirts, and placards like they’ve got on YouTube. You can even make your own. A sample slogan is: “They wrong, We write”.

Once we’re kitted out we’ll travel to outside Twentieth Century Fox for a short demonstration, and then onto Sony Pictures.

Please turn up and show your solidarity with our fellow writers in the USA. They have put their careers and incomes on the line to highlight their essential contribution to the film industry, and to request proper remuneration for their creative talent. This is a struggle that writers across the globe can appreciate.

4.30pm – 5pm
The Guild’s End of Year Drinks (with sausages on sticks for those who haven’t eaten since lunchtime) at the IFI. Picketing is thirsty work.

Looking forward to seeing you all in good cheer!

HighTide Needs Plays

27th November 2007

The HighTide Festival (2-5 May 2008) is looking for new work for its playwriting competition.

Writers may submit one unproduced, unpublished full-length play (no longer than 90 minutes) before 4 January 2008. Selected writers will receive £3000 in respect of a one-year exclusive option for HighTide Festival Productions Ltd to produce the play at the Festival and beyond. All applicants must be resident in the UK or Ireland. Details about how to submit are on the web site.

Writing for Video Games

26th November 2007

The Digital Media Forum is organising a workshop to examine the increasing importance of narrative for the success of computer and console games, and it will look at what skills are required for writing for games.

Guest speaker Guy Miller is an artist, writer and game designer. Credited with writing the storyline for the original Tomb Raider game (his minuscule footnote in gaming history is coming up with the name ‘Lara’), he has become renowned in the gaming industry. He also co-designed and directed the notorious ShadowMan games, and was Creative Director for EA’’s Harry Potter series.

The seminar will take place on Wednesday 28th November, at Filmbase on Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, from 6:30 – 8:30pm. Admission is free, but registration is required as space is limited. Please phone the Digital Media Forum on +353-1-4893604 to book your spot.