The elevator pitch
The WGI represents over 600 Irish writers for film, television, theatre, radio, animation and games. We campaign to ensure writers are recognized as the creative force without which, there is no production. All Guild members have access to bespoke networking events, expert advice on contracts, funding alerts through our newsletter, and an annual awards ceremony that celebrates their achievements.
We spend our days (and many evenings!) lobbying on behalf of our members to government bodies, broadcasters, producers, directors and industry stakeholders. Close ties to our Guild partners and working groups across Europe means we’re always up to speed on new legislation that impacts writers’ rights. Be assured, if writers are involved, we’ll be at the table.
We know writers tend to fly solo, and yet we’ve seen informal writers’ groups flourish on the back of Guild-hosted socials. Our professional networking events have a proven track record in matching members with producers and directors. And our fortnightly newsletter is essential reading, featuring work opportunities and industry deadlines, along with regular shout-outs for our members’ achievements.
Writers aren’t generally known for self-praise. So we do it for them. Every year we host the annual Zebbie Awards; a public affirmation and a proud honouring of our writers’ craft and talent, by the people who know what they’re talking about; your peers. Go to Zebbies.
The Writers’ Guild of Ireland is the representative body for writers in Ireland, across film, television, theatre, radio, animation and games.
It was founded as SIP, the Society of Irish Playwrights, in 1969 and became IPSG, the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild in 2001 and then the Writers Guild of Ireland in 2012. The WGI is a founder member of the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe [FSE] and a member of the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds [IAWG].
It has a joint membership agreement with the Writers Guild of Great Britain and an agreement with the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society.
The WGI board is made up of members from across our industry. Our gender-balance ensures the broadest range of opinion and expertise. As a group, we determine the Guild’s most pressing issues, campaigns and events, and decide how to use our resources to best support our members.
Jennifer Davidson Chair
From North Mayo, Jennifer writes regularly on RTE’s Fair City. She also has a number of original series in development.
Catherine Maher Deputy Chair
Creator/Writer The South Westerlies (RTE1, Sept 20). Pre-lockdown output also included her comedy play Counsel Me Baby (Project Arts Centre).
Carl Austin Board Member
Carl Austin is an American film and TV writer known for ‘The Bill’ and ‘Fair City’. He resides in Dublin.
Martin Boylan Board Member
From Belfast, living in Dublin. A fair number of stage and radio plays produced, and a screenplay credit and a novel published.
Gary Duggan Board Member
Gary is a screenwriter and award-winning playwright from Dublin. He has written for Fair City and co-wrote the drama Amber.
Paul Fitzsimons Board Member
Paul FitzSimons is a writer, script editor and producer of film and TV Drama and teaches courses in screenwriting.
Dr. Susan Liddy EAC Chair
Dr Susan Liddy has campaigned extensively for gender equality and diversity in the screen industries and has published widely on these issues.
John Lynch Board Member
Feature Film/Television writer/director. His theatre plays have been produced in the Abbey Theatre, London and Los Angeles.
Michele Manahan Board Member
Michèle Manahan is a multi-award-winning writer and director working across theatre, film and TV.
Thomas McLaughlin Board Member
Belfast, New York, Dublin. Productions for stage, radio and television. Bass Ireland Bursary, Prix Futura, Writers Guild of Ireland Zebbie
Tania Notaro Board Member
Tania Notaro is an award-winning Screenwriter with a first-class Masters Degree in screenwriting for Film & TV. She was inaugurated into the Warner Brothers Creative Talent team as a one to watch in 2020.
Jenny Roche Board Member
Jenny is a writer and lecturer, currently developing a feature film script and a tv drama series idea.
The WGI staff are all writers – just like you. They understand the issues you face and the questions you need answered.
Hugh Farley Director
Prior to joining WGI in 2019, Hugh worked as a screenwriter, director and producer in drama, comedy and documentary.
Clíona Ruiséil Administrator
Clíona is a screenwriter, administrator and researcher who has worked in the film and television industry for over twenty years.
Steven Galvin Editor
Steven has worked and taught in media production for many years.
Be part of the conversation
It’s your Guild. Your voice makes us stronger and more powerful. Our AGM is an opportunity for you to speak up on the issues you’re most passionate about. Meantime, if there’s anything you feel we should be doing that we’re not, or if you just want to introduce yourself, drop us a line. [email protected]