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150 female writers join forces for International Women’s Day

Wednesday 1st March 2017 at 1pm 0 Comments Literature

Over 150 female writers will take part in a series of free literary events taking place across the region including readings, bookshop appearances and library events, with the aim of inspiring people to read and champion the work of local women writers. Image: Over 150 female writers will take part in a series of free literary events taking place across the region including readings, bookshop appearances and library events, with the aim of inspiring people to read and champion the work of local women writers.

To celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March 2017, female writers from Northern Ireland will host a series of free literary public events across the region including readings, bookshop appearances and library events across Northern Ireland to inspire women everywhere to write, read, and champion the literary work of local women.

Organised by Women Aloud NI, events begin on 7th March and continue throughout International Women’s Day on 8th March.  The celebrations resume on 11th March when 50 writers will travel to the Irish Writers’ Centre in Dublin to join a gathering of women there in a joint day-long readathon, supported by National Lottery funding through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.   This will be complemented by an exciting in-train literary recital on the Translink Enterprise train as the writers make their journey. 

Commenting on the planned events Jane Talbot, founder and project manager of Women Aloud NI said: 

“Building on the success of Women Aloud NI 2016, we’ll be running another ambitious series of literary events to celebrate International Women’s Day.  Since last year, our community of 130 women writers has grown to an incredible 250. We’re still as diverse and as inclusive as ever, and it’s been wonderful for us to be able to network with each other and support each other over the last 12 months.”

She continued:  

“We’re equally delighted to be teaming up with the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin. While this is a fantastic opportunity for us to raise the profile of the writing scene for women in Northern Ireland, , this collaboration is about meeting our fellow writers based in the Republic of Ireland and cementing relationships across genres and across borders.”

Damian Smyth, Head of Literature, Arts Council, added,

“We are delighted to support the Centre in offering women writers an important platform for their work to be heard, to network and to build relationships across genres and across the island. Women Aloud has brought a new energy to showcasing women’s written creativity and, since Northern Ireland has produced more than its quota of distinguished women writers, this day of joint celebration in Dublin promises to be quite an experience for all participants.”

Women Aloud NI events are free and open to everyone.  They will take place at the following locations and dates:

Randalstown

Randalstown Library, 11.30 – 12.30, 8 March.  Libraries NI Storyteller-in-Residence, Liz Weir, will host a session featuring local women writers. Come along and listen to a selection of poetry, prose and oral storytelling! Readers and storytellers include: Liz Weir, Mary Waldron, Helen Hastings and more.

Belfast

City Centre mystery event, 10.30-11.45, 8 March.  Writers involved include: Jane Talbot, Belinda Bennetts, R.B. Kelly, Paula Matthews, Kerry Buchanan, Jo Zebedee, Bernie McGill, Eibhlinn McAleer, Alex Catherwood, Louise Kennedy, Gaynor Kane, Martelle McPartland, Sheena Wilkinson, Angeline King, Aine MacAodha, Ev McLoughlin, Clodagh Brennan Harvey, Clare McWilliams, Anne McMaster, Annemarie Mullan, Pauline Burgess, Catherine Tinley, Anne Doughty, Vicky McFarland, Jenny Methven.

Belfast

Easons, Donegall Place, 17:00 – 19:00, 8 March.  Come along and listen to local writers read their work! 

Banbridge

Banbridge Library, 13.30 – 14.30, 8 March.  Come along and listen to local writers read their work! Readers include: J.S. Comiskey, Doreen McBride and more.

Bangor

Bangor Library, 14.30-16:00, 8 March.  Libraries NI Storyteller- in- Residence Liz Weir will host a session featuring local women writers. Come along and listen to a selection of poetry, prose and oral storytelling! Readers and storytellers include: Liz Weir, Stephanie Conn, Moyra Donaldson, Kelly Creighton, Lesley Allen, Jane Coyle and Rebecca Reid.

Killyleagh

Killyleagh Library, 18.30-19:30, 8 March.  Libraries NI Storyteller- in- Residence Liz Weir will host a session featuring local women writers. Come along and listen to a selection of poetry, prose and oral storytelling! Readers and storytellers include: Anne Harris, Helen Hastings, Anita Lamb, Liz Weir and more.

Enniskillen

Blakes of the Hollow, 19.30-late, 8 March.  Women from Fermanagh Writers will be reading their work.  Local writers, who are not members of Fermanagh Writers, will be participating in the event too. Come along and take part or join the audience!

Derry-Londonderry

Aras Cholmcille, 7pm-10pm, 8 March. Hosted by the Literary Ladies on behalf of Women Aloud NI, this event will be held in the historic surroundings of Áras Cholmcille, the heritage centre celebrating the city’s patron saint and founder. Some twenty women writers will gather in the atmospheric surroundings of the Long Tower Church and school to share and celebrate their work.  Readers include Yvonne Boyle, Helen Clarke, Jenny Methven, Maura Johnston, Claire Savage, Lunatari Stargazer, Eimear O’Callaghan, Mel Bradley, Freya McClements, Felicity McCall, Lynne Edgar, Julieann Campbell, Jane Talbot, Claire Allan, Anne McMaster, Hilary McCollum and Kerri Swan.

Limavady

Keady Clachan [hillside ceili house and community hub], 7.30pm onwards, 8 March.  An intimate evening of song and verse!

Cookstown

Cookstown Library, 15.00-16.00, 8 March.  Come along and listen to local writers read their work including Joan Newmann, Kate Newmann, Sive Haughey, Roisin McAuley, Margaret McGarvey, Carol Doey and Maura Johnston.

Dublin

Toner’s Bar, Lower Baggot Street, 7.45pm, 8 March. Come along and listen to women writers from the Northern Ireland read their work. Featuring: Featuring: Maria McManus, Deirdre Cartmill, Nandi Jola, Bernie McGill, Sheila Llewellyn and Annemarie Neary.

Special event

Belfast to Dublin: 8:30am-9:45am, 11 March, Women Aloud NI in-train literary recital aboard the Translink Enterprise from Belfast to Dublin.

Special event

Causeway Coast and Glens Waterstones Poetry Competition
Submissions open until 20 February.  As part of the run up to Women Aloud NI 2017, Waterstones Coleraine will display a selection of framed poems by women writers within the borough. If you’re interested in submitting one piece of work [no longer than 30 lines] for possible inclusion, please email your poem to coleraine@waterstones.com  before 5pm on Monday 20 February.

For further details on all the Women Aloud NI events and to find out how to take part visit www.womenaloudni.com/women-aloud-ni-2017/

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