Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Writers on Writers Festival 2014

Linen Hall Library Welcomes Northern Ireland Literati With Launch Of Annual Writers On Writers Festival.

All events are free and take place in the Linen Hall Library. Everyone is welcome, but please reserve your place to avoid disappointment!.



Poetry Workshop with Sinéad Morrissey

Belfast’s first-ever Poet Laureate and winner of the T.S. Eliott poetry prize, Sinéad Morrissey will work with school aged children teaching them to understand and appreciate poetry.

1.30pm – 3.00pm

Deirdre Cartmill talks about Narnia author C.S. Lewis

Belfast-based writer, poet and experienced creative writing workshop facilitator Deirdre Cartmill will dissertate about the genius of one of Northern Ireland’s most internationally renowned writers – C.S. Lewis, the man who introduced the world to Narnia.

6.30pm – 8.00pm

Dan Gordon discusses the works of Brian Moore

NI actor and writer Dan Gordon (Give My Head Peace, The Boat Factory) discusses Irish Canadian talent Brian Moore (1921 – 1999) whose work includes The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne.


5.30pm – 7.00pm
Martin Mooney explores Ulster poet Roy McFadden

Known as the ‘poet with a social conscience’ Martin Mooney delves into the archive of Roy McFadden (1921 – 1999) who was a lawyer, poet and broadcaster hailed byThe Independent newspaper as ‘one of his country’s true masters.’


10.00am – 12.30pm

Writing for New Writers Workshop with Jo Egan

Jo Egan’s play, Sweetie, is currently running at the Grand Opera House. This prolific playwright, freelance producer, director and dramaturge gives advice and instruction to budding writers young and old.

6.30pm – 8.00pm

Martin Lynch talks about Sam Thompson

One of Northern Ireland’s leading playwrights, whose works include the popular The History of the Troubles (accordin’ to my Da), Martin discusses the work of the controversial Sam Thompson (1916 – 1965) whose plays were ground-breaking in documenting sectarian violence before the eruption of the Troubles. In April this year a new bridge in Victoria Park named after Thompson was opened in east Belfast.


12.30pm – 2.00pm

Anne Devlin talks about Stewart Parker

Short story writer, playwright and screenwriter, Anne Devlin delves into the works of Stewart Parker (1941 – 1988), the apostle of verbal wit and dark farce in contemporary theatre and one of the prominent writers on the Troubles.

6.30pm – 8.00pm

Debate: How We Honour the Writers of Belfast.
With Glenn Patterson, Martin Lynch and Anne Devlin

Come along and join in the debate. Belfast has so much writing talent, past and present. How do we continue to remember those geniuses of the past whose collective works continue to influence the shape of our current and future works? With Glenn Patterson (recent BAFTA nominee for Good Vibrations), Martin Lynch and Anne Devlin.

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