Eastside Arts showcases writing talent

Join EastSide Arts today (Thursday January 14) as they present Prophets, Makers and Risk Takers: A Showcase of Writing from Northern Ireland.

Thursday, 14th January 2021, 9:08 am

An exciting and unique one-day Writers’ Symposium, part of the Cathedral Quarter 2021 Out to Lunch Festival, that invites writers, readers and industry professionals from across the globe to explore writing from Northern Ireland.

The symposium will show the breadth of writing talent that Northern Ireland has to offer and is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Organisations Emergency Fund and the Department for Communities’ Covid-19 Social Enterprise Fund.

Curated by local author Jan Carson, the symposium aims to bring together leading voices in writing from across Northern Ireland (NI) to discuss how NI writers’ approach global issues and themes; how they are revisiting ideas associated with the history and politics of NI, how they are finding new ways to tell the stories, exploring what opportunities exist outside NI, how best they might promote their work internationally and finally, what makes writing from Northern Ireland so distinctive.

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Dr Dawn Miranda Sherratt-Bado will deliver the keynote address and participants throughout the day will include writers Nandi Jola, Mícheál McCann, Susan McKay, Darran Anderson, Michelle Gallen and Paul McVeigh, in conversation with Emma Warnock (No Alibis Press), Peggy Hughes (National Centre for Writing), Nora Hickey M’Sichili (Centre Culturel Irlandais), Jim Hinks (British Council), Damian Smyth (Arts Council NI) and Cathy Brown (Seamus Heaney HomePlace). At the close of the symposium, the winner of the inaugural C.S. Lewis Writer’s Bursary will be announced. The award will be made to an individual writer, in any genre of writing.

To find out more visit www.eastsidearts.net.