Writers Cafés



Is Self-Publishing for You?
22 September, 8.00pm
Venue: Bar/Cafe of the Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell Street.
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Author and self-publishing expert Catherine Ryan Howard will deliver a whirlwind presentation on the ins and outs of self-publishing, explaining all that’s involved: from writing and editing to cover design and production; from pricing and financing to sales and publicity. If you’ve ever wondered whether self-publishing was the route for your new book, or your backlist, this is the chance to find out.

Catherine is a writer from Cork who started her career self-publishing non-fiction. She has delivered workshops on the subject for Faber Academy in London, Guardian Masterclasses, Irish PEN and Publishing Ireland, among others. Her debut thriller Distress Signals is shortlisted for the CWA’s John Creasey/New Blood Dagger Award.

This is a Words Ireland event brought to you in partnership with Droichead Arts Centre. Free admittance, booking essential at http://www.droichead.com/show/873580508



Book Publicity: A Guide for Authors
Saturday 23 September, 4.00pm

Venue: The Martello Hotel, Bray
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Book publicist Peter O’Connell will guide writers through the process of preparing for a book launch. Find out what to expect from your publisher/publicist and what you can do in addition to boost your book’s exposure. As well as increasing sales, the launch of your book is an opportunity to put yourself forward as a professional writer to a number of potential employers – literary editors, festival directors, creative writing schools, universities, and more. Peter will take you step by step through the publicity process and prepare you for your next launch.

With over a decade of experience devising and delivering successful media and promotion campaigns in Ireland, Peter O’Connell is well known to all national, regional and local media. Peter deals regularly with major shows such as the Late Late Show, Today With Pat Kenny, The Last Word and The Right Hook. He has promoted works by the former Taoiseach, Garret FitzGerald; Minister for Arts, Michael D Higgins; as well as books by high profile correspondents such as Lara Marlowe and Eileen Battersby.

This is a Words Ireland event brought to you in partnership with the Bray Literary Festival. Free admittance, booking essential at Eventbrite




Taxation for Writers with Gaby Smyth
Saturday 14 October
11.00am – 1.00pm
Venue: Killarney House
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Words Ireland is delighted to partner with Kerry County Council and Listowel Writers Week to bring you one of their regional Writers Café on Taxation for Writers

This session is a practical guide to revenue and taxation issues for writers. From managing your books to understanding taxation matters, Income Tax to Artist Exemption, this session is what you need to feel comfortable with accounting for your artistic practice. This event will be delivered as an informal presentation with the opportunity for your queries to be answered by an industry specialist in accounting for the arts. Participants will be provided with a presentation covering all aspects of the session post event. Make it your business to manage your business well and join us in working your way through best practice in managing your tax affairs.

Programme Content

How to account for your business: books and records

Allowable trading expenditure

Treatment of capital expenditure

Income tax returns: preparation and filing


Artist Exemption

Gaby Smyth is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and managing director of Gaby Smyth & Company Ltd. He has been in practice for 20 years, specialising in the literary, visual, music, film and theatre arts. Gaby is currently chair of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival and Opera Theatre Company.

Venue: The newly refurbished Killarney House

Admission free, booking is essential: Eventbrite



Teaching Creative Writing with Yvonne Cullen
Saturday 21 October
Seamus Heaney Homeplace, Bellaghy
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Words Ireland is delighted to partner with the Seamus Heaney HomePlace to present one of their regional Writers Café on Teaching Creative Writing

Yvonne Cullen will deliver a talk on developing a career as teacher of creative writing. From booking your first job, to expanding your teaching portfolio in a variety of settings and employing best practice, Yvonne’s presentation will be of interest to emerging and mid-career writers or anyone who teaches or is interested in becoming a teacher or mentor of creative writing.

Author of Invitation to the Air (poetry), and A Winter Quarters (non-fiction, forthcoming), Yvonne Cullen has led writing classes all round Ireland with great success for the last twenty-four years.

Admission free, booking is essential: Eventbrite




The Full-time Writer with Mia Gallagher
Saturday 11 November
Venue: Source Arts Centre, Thurles
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Words Ireland is delighted to partner with the Source Arts Centre to bring you one of their regional Writers Café on The Full-time Writer

Few writers live from book sales alone. Working as a full-time writer involves juggling a wide range of earning activities including teaching, reviewing, readings, editing, journalism, sitting on judging panels and more besides. For many it means being self-employed so learning about things like tax, pensions, and artists exemption is essential.

Mia Gallagher is a prize-winning fiction author, most recently of Beautiful Pictures of the Lost Homeland which featured as the Irish Times Book Club choice. She has also acted, directed, taught drama and creative writing. She works as a mentor and literary editor, and has been a writer in residence on numerous occasions. Mia will talk about what’s involved and how to manage a career as a full-time writer.

Admission free, booking is essential: Eventbrite