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Managing your Taxes with Gaby Smyth

gaby_smyth_1024x1024Starts: Sat 4 March 2017
Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Duration: 2 Hours
Cost: €30/€25 Members

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What kind of tax set-up do you need – limited company or sole-trader? What level of book-keeping do you need to maintain? What taxes, if any, are due? When it comes to understanding and managing your own taxes you’re not alone. This presentation is led by a leading accountant and tax specialist operating in the arts sector, and will allow lots of time for Q&A.

Gaby Smyth is managing director with Gaby Smyth & Company Ltd., Business. He has provided business and taxation advice to individuals and companies for almost 20 years, specialising in the literary music, film and theatre arts.

Mindshift: Redressing Gender Equality in Screenwriting



Starts: Tues 22 Nov 2016
Time: 10.30am – 4.00pm
Duration: 1 Day
Cost: €15 / €10 (IWC Members) | Bookings via Eventbrite


The Irish Writers Centre is delighted to present Mindshift: Redressing Gender Equality in Writing for Film, in association with The Writers’ Guild of Ireland.

As if breaking into screenwriting isn’t enough of a challenge, gender inequality is commonplace in the film industry. This professional development day, supported by Words Ireland, is aimed primarily at women writers who are interested in writing for film or television, or in having their existing work adapted for the screen.

Experts will cover:
– writing for film and TV in Ireland
– the under-representation of women in writing and directing film
– the Irish Film Board’s new policy initiative on gender
– adaptation: the creative process
– adaptation: the contract process

Line-up includes:
David Kavanagh (CEO, Writers’ Guild of Ireland), screenwriters Lauren Mackenzie and Juanita Wilson; writer/director Marian Quinn, and writer/academic Dr. Susan Liddy, as well as London based agent Julian Friedmann.

*NB: Event is free for members of The Writers’ Guild of Ireland but tickets must be pre-booked via Eventbrite.

This event is supported by Words Ireland and The Writers’ Guild of Ireland.

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Poetry Ireland Introductions Series


Applications are now open for the 2016 Poetry Ireland Introductions SeriesIntroductions Series

Applications are now open for the 2016 Introductions Series, which will offer poets in the early stages of their careers, writing in Irish or English, the opportunity to showcase their work through workshops and performance.

In 2016 the poets selected for the Introductions Series will participate in two workshops/master classes. The first workshop is focused on form and craft, the second on the art of reading/performing poetry in public.

These workshops will culminate in a number of public readings during the International Literature Festival Dublin, with one participant flown to New York to read as part of Salon Éire 100, an evening of Irish poetry at the New York Public Library for Performing Arts at the Lincoln Center.

Veterans of the Introductions Series include: Pat Boran, Enda Wyley, Nessa O’Mahony, Dave Lordan, Caoilinn Hughes, Andrew Jamison, Eleanor Hooker, Martin Dyar, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Kerrie O’Brien, Madeline Barnes, Victoria Kennefick, and Erin Fornoff. Several poets have subsequently been published by Dedalus Press, the Gallery Press, Salmon Poetry, Carcanet Press, and have won numerous prizes and awards.

Application Deadline:
Friday 29 January 2016

Head over to the Poetry Ireland website here and find out how to apply

Gradam Uí Shúilleabháin Shortlist Announced

Gradam Uí Shúilleabháin celebrates not only excellence in Irish language writing, but also in the high standards that publishers throughout Ireland produce throughout the year.

Every year publishers of Irish language books from all around the country submit their work for this highly esteemed award. Following stiff competition, six books were selected for this year’s shortlist:


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I dTír Strainséartha published by Leabhar Breac, the second in the trilogy of novels by Liam Mac Cóil set in Ireland and in Europe during the perilous years following the Flight of the Earls






Na Comharthaí by Darach Ó Scolaí, published by Leabhar Breac, a heady paranoic thriller set in a contemporary world of postmodernist conspiracies and cults




mise-raiftearai-psdMise Raiftearaí an Fíodóir Focal by Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin, published by Futa Fata, the first cradle to grave biography of Antaine Ó Raiftearaí, the son of a weaver who lost his eyesight while still a child, a fiddler who spent his life wandering around County Galway, and a poet who fearlessly spoke out on behalf of a downtrodden community






Ibíotsa (Cois Life), short stories which seek to reveal a side to the island in a world outside the all-inclusive holiday resorts by Labhrás Ó Finneadha





Idir Neamh is Talamh (Cló Iar-Chonnacht), a collection of stories by Joe Steve Ó Neachtain which explores the wonder of youth, the bitterness of old age, the white-hot blaze of love






Sáirséal agus Dill 1947-1981: Scéal Foilsitheora (Cló-Iar Chonnacht), a book which gives a fascinating look into the writers, but also into Irish literature, the history of publishing, commerce, industry and the political life of Ireland by Cian Ó hÉigeartaigh and Aoileann Nic Gearailt.



“Year after year, the high standard of the applicants for Gradam Uí Shúilleabháín surprises us, and 2015 is no exception,” said Liam Ó Maolaodha, director of Oireachtas na Gaeilge. “There are many exceptional writers in the Irish language, and this award gives us the opportunity to celebrate both the writers and the publishers. It gives us great pleasure to support this worthwhile competition,” he said.

The winners of Gradam Uí Shúilleabhain, as well as the winners of the Oireachtas Literary Competitions will be announced at a special event at Oireachtas na Samhna in Citywest Hotel on the 28 October 2015. There is a prizefund of €4,000 for the publisher, and €3,000 for the author of the winning book for adults.

An tOireachtas is funded by Foras na Gaeilge.

Words Ireland at Dublin Book Festival

Words Ireland is delighted to be part of Dublin Book Festival with two events.

A Guide to Book Reviewing with Sinéad Gleeson

A Guide to Book Reviewing with Sinéad Gleeson | Dublin Book Festival in association with Words Ireland

Date: Saturday 14 November | Time: 2.00–3.30pm

Venue: Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1

Fee: €15




The Art of the Book Review

The Art of the Book Review

The Art of the Book Review | Dublin Book Festival in association with Words Ireland

Date: Sunday 15 November | Time: 4.30pm

Venue: Main Theatre, Smock Alley Theatre

Free entry

A Guide to Book Reviewing with Sinéad Gleeson


Date: Saturday 14 November | Time: 2.00–3.30pm

Venue: Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1

Fee: €15

Booking via Eventbrite

A Guide to Book Reviewing with Sinéad Gleeson | Dublin Book Festival in association with Words Ireland


This seminar presented by arts journalist and broadcaster Sinéad Gleeson is aimed at people interested in writing book reviews for publication. Sinéad will share her own experience of writing for The Irish TimesThe Irish IndependentThe Sunday Business PostThe Irish Daily Mail and The Guardian. The seminar will examine the nuts and bolts of writing reviews, focusing on how the writer must adapt structure, tone and style to match different publications’ editorial requirements.

The Art of the Book Review

siEeJZUDThe Art of the Book Review | Dublin Book Festival in association with Words Ireland

Date: Sunday 15 November | Time: 4.30pm

Venue: Main Theatre, Smock Alley Theatre

Free entry


with Martin Doyle, Ian Sansom, Juliette Saumande and Eithne Shorthall in conversation with Paula Shields

In the age of blogs and social media, are book reviews still important? Are we all critics now? Is there still an appetite for serious literary criticism? And how critical or generous do we expect book reviewers to be?

These are some of the questions that will be teased out during this session with our distinguished panel of writers, reviewers and editors, including: Martin Doyle, assistant literary editor of The Irish Times; Ian Sansom, writer for various publications, including The Guardian and The London Review of Books, and author of 12 books including Death in Devon(HarperCollins, 2015); Juliette Saumande, translator of children’s books and Reviews Editor for Inis magazine; and Eithne Shorthall, chief arts writer with the Sunday Times Ireland and regular contributor to RTÉ Radio’s Arena.

Join us for what promises to be a full and frank discussion on the art of book reviewing.