Join EastSide Arts, Thursday 14th January, as they present Prophets, Makers and Risk Takers: A Showcase of Writing from Northern Ireland. 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.
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 N.I.) 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, from Northern Ireland’s diverse communities.
Rachel Kennedy from EastSide Arts said:
“We are delighted to take part in the 2021 Out to Lunch Festival and we thank Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Cathedral Quarter for their support. It has been a challenging time for the arts sector but the sector is finding creative and innovating ways to reach out to audiences. We hope audiences enjoy hearing from our speakers and are inspired by our incredible writing talent. We are also delighted to award the inaugural C.S. Lewis Writer’s Bursary during this event. The bursary is a fitting tribute to this extraordinary writer and scholar who not only has a deep connection with east Belfast but whose legacy continues to inspire many writers across Northern Ireland to this day.”
Curator of Prophets, Makers and Risk Takers: A Showcase of Writing from Northern Ireland, Jan Carson added:
“It’s been both a privilege and a joy to curate this day-long symposium showcasing just a little of the rich literary talent which has emerged from Northern Ireland over the last few years. I hope you’ll discover some writers you’ve never come across before, revisit some of the writers who’ve shaped our literary landscape and leave freshly enthused about writing from Northern Ireland and its ongoing relevance within the contemporary world.”
Roisín McDonough, Chief Executive Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented:
“At such a time, when opportunities to share work and ideas are evolving at pace, the current showcase and symposium of writing from Northern Ireland feels timely, indeed, prescient. The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is delighted to support this important literary event by EastSide Arts through our emergency Covid-19 funding programme for organisations, with funding from the Department for Communities Northern Ireland. This is an opportunity not to be missed to dig a little deeper into Northern Ireland’s rich literary landscape.”
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For the full symposium programme and to book your free ticket, visit www.eastsidearts.net/event/prophets-makers-and-risk-takers-showcase-writing-northern-ireland. Follow the event on EastSide Arts Facebook, Twitter and Instagram #NIWritingShowcas