Venues Initiative | Backstage Theatre & The Linenhall

The Linenhall, Castlebar | Thurs 14 June

Our other Literature Curator Siobhán Kane has put together a fantastic literary and artistic offering for her final event in the Seasons event series at the Linenhall, Castlebar.

Thursday 14 June will be a be a night to explore transformations in literature, and life, featuring award-winning writer Sara Baume (Spill Simmer Falter WitherA Line Made by Walking), three specially commissioned short films by award-winning multidisciplinary artist, actor, and broadcaster Sorcha Kenny, and fresh from their sell-out concert for the St. Patrick’s Festival in Dublin, group The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock, whose latest record, about the 1913 Lockout, has gained huge acclaim, (“electrifying….remarkable” – The Irish Times). With a final guest to be announced. Tickets €10, booking here!


Backstage Theatre, Longford | Thurs 28 June

Words Ireland Literature Curator Dani Gill 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.

The third event in the Voices series takes place on Thursday 28 June and features Ruth Fitzmaurice (I Found My Tribe) and Leanne O’Sullivan (A Quarter of an Hour) in conversation with journalist and researcher Edel CoffeyTickets €10/€12, booking here!



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 meaningful and relevant career opportunities for writers,
  • See more literature 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 plan to develop and expand this initiative in 2018 and 2019 to reach a greater number of venues and larger audiences across the country.


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