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The Writing Room in Clonmel

1st July 2009 by Maura McHugh

Mia Gallagher is running The Writing Room, an event-based writing space, as part of the Junction Festival in Clonmel, starting Friday 3rd July and running until Sunday 12th. The venue is Angela’s Café on Abbey Street.

In addition to dedicated Quiet Time for reading and writing every day, there’ll be a space (Talking Shop) for people to gather and talk about writing-related subjects.

Some of the events lined up for The Writing Room include:

  • Advice from screenwriter Mark Wale on 2pm, Tuesday 7th
  • Playwright and stand-up Michelle Read will run an introductory workshop on playwriting at 2pm Friday 10th
  • Open Mic evening on Friday 10th

There is more information about the entire list of events on the web site.

CBI Conference

11th May 2009 by Maura McHugh

Those writing for children should mark on their calendars the annual conference by Children’s Books Ireland, which takes place from 16-17 May in the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin.

Tackling the pertinent theme of Challenge and Change in Children’s Books, this year’s speakers will bring a huge wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table, promising an exciting weekend of discussion and debate.

On the home front, Ireland is well represented by the talents of Celine Kiernan (The Poison Throne), Andrew Whitson and Caitríona Hastings (An tSnáthaid Mhór), Orla Kenny & Mary Branley (Kids’ Own) and Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl, Airman), who will close proceedings on Sunday in conversation with Robert Dunbar.

From the UK, CBI is delighted to welcome illustration expert Martin Salisbury (Play Pen), award-winning authors Patrick Ness (The Knife of Never Letting Go) and David Almond (Skellig, Jackdaw Summer), as well as writer and publisher Verna Wilkins (Tamarind Books), who will present this year’s Ibby Ireland session.

Making perhaps the longest commute ever in the history of CBI conference speakers will be the celebrated Australian author and illustrator Shaun Tan (The Arrival, Tales from Outer Suburbia) who makes his first visit to Ireland especially for the conference.

Creative Writing Exhibition

30th April 2009 by Maura McHugh

The Temple Bar Cultural Trust has announced that the all new Creative Writing Exhibition will take place at the No Grants Gallery from May 1st – 15th at the Temple Bar Cultural Information Centre, 12 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

This celebration, including all forms of writing such as poetry and lyrics, will showcase a range of works from both established and up-coming writers.

Each piece of work will be framed and on exhibition at our recession busting No Grants Gallery right here in Temple Bar, Dublin’s Cultural Quarter! Writers will illustrate their writing with imagery guides which will accompany their work.

Lunchtime readings will also take place throughout the 2 weeks so log on to for more details soon. The exhibition will officially launch on Tuesday May 5th with an open-mic evening from 6 – 8pm offering everyone an opportunity to discuss the written word.

Speaking about the new Creative Writing Exhibition, Gallery curator Carol Eakins said “This exhibition is a celebration of verbal, visual and performance art and an opportunity to show the written word combined with an artistic eye and the spoken tongue to bring all creative writing to life. As a curator, artist and poet myself the creative writing exhibition is an opportunity for writers both professional and amateur to exhibit their work in an environment that shares their passion and enthusiasm for the arts.”

April is Vampire Month

31st March 2009 by Maura McHugh

This year Dublin City Council has chosen to celebrate Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula for its annual One City One Book festival.

There will be a variety of events going on in Dublin city for the month of April, and there is a good overview of them in The Irish Times.

Of particular interest to our members will be an outdoor screening on Sunday April 5th at 8.30pm of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 film Bram Stoker’s Dracula in Meeting House Square. The screening is free and not ticketed, but a coat and scarf are recommended.

On the weekend of 17-19 of April the IFI is hosting Bram Stoker’s Dracula on Screen, which includes screenings of several adaptations of the novel, as well as a panel discussion, and a talk by Kim Newman on “Dracula as a Screen Character”.

More Book Events

5th March 2009 by Maura McHugh

Today is World Book Day, an annual event promoting the enjoyment of books and reading. There are events and talks going on in libraries all over the country today.

Tomorrow sees the start of the Ennis Book Festival (March 6-8 2009).

The three-day programme of events, in association with Clare County Library includes John Boyne, author of “The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas”; Salley Vickers, best selling British novelist and author of “Miss Garnet’s Angel”; John Breen, author of “Alone It Stands”; Jennifer Johnston, Booker Prize nominated writer; Allan Guthrie, Scottish crime novelist; Mark O’Halloran, award winning writer and actor; journalist and broadcaster Kevin Myers and many more. The festival will be launched on Friday the 6th of March by novelist John Connolly and there will be a GIANT BOOK CLUB meeting to discuss his novel “The Book of Lost Things”.