Venues Initiative | Backstage Theatre & The Linenhall

The Linenhall, Mayo | Upcoming Eventsmichael-mccarthy

After a successful first night at the Linenhall with Kevin Barry, Jan Carson, and music by the legendary Dónal Lunny, the Seasons – Waiting for You series programmed by Words Ireland Literature Curator Siobhán Kane continues.

On Thursday 15 March, get ready for a night exploring epiphanies in literature and life; turning points, and no turning back, featuring award winning environment journalist and writer Michael McCarthy (Say Goodbye to the Cuckoo, The Moth Snowstorm: Nature and Joy). A leading writer on the environment and natural world, Michael was awarded the Medal of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds for ‘Outstanding Services to Conservation’, alongside a string of other awards. He will be joined by other exciting guests from the world of letters and music on the night. Watch this space! Tickets €10, booking anseo!

Keep Thursday 14 June Free too. The final event in the series with feature musical guests Spook of the Thirteenth Lock as well as some wonderful words from writers.


Backstage Theatre, Longford | Upcoming Events

Our other Literature Curator – Dani Gill–alan-and-pat is working at the Backstage in her home county of Longford. She’s lined up a compelling series of author discussions with a few little surprises in store for attendees at each event.

On Thursday 22 March, the first in a three-part series, Voices, sees Alan McMonagle and Patrick McCabe in conversation with journalist and researcher Paula Shields to discuss their work and the influence of the midlands. Tickets €10/€12, booking anseo!

The second event on 18 May features Lisa McInerney and Elaine Feeney in conversation with Sinéad Gleeson. And keep an eye out for the final event on 28 June with Ruth Fitzmaurice and Leanne O’Sullivan.


Venues Initiative

The above events form part of the Words Ireland’s pilot project – the Venues Initiative. We are working with two highly experienced producers under this pilot programme to develop quality, ambitious literature events for the stage. We’re also keen to:

  • Create meaning and relevant career opportunities for writers,
  • See more producers and writers apply for Arts Council Touring grants,
  • Bring more literature events to regional arts centres and theatre stages,
  • Increase venue managers’ and directors’ understanding of literature event production and help them to develop literature audiences,
  • Share our learning and knowledge with the wider literature community, through a number of documents and events, to support the ambitions of anyone with quality and ambitious ideas for producing or touring word-based events.

We hope to develop and expand this initiative in 2018 and beyond.


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