Words Ireland @ ILFDublin

Words Ireland @ ILFDublin: A National Day for Writers took place on at IMMA, Dublin on Friday 25 May 2018. The next one will be in 2020, and take place every two years thereafter.

It was Ireland’s first national conference for writers. We built the ideal environment for writers to gather together, reflect on their creative and professional practice, catch up with industry leaders and be inspired.

It included 9 events held in 2 event spaces aimed specifically at professional writers and a large exhibition space where writers met with 40 different literature organisations from across Ireland.

We commissioned 9 writers to report on each event. Links to these reports are listed below.

Three Writers Manifestos by Roisín Kiberd

Children’s Writers Confab by Oisín McGann

International Industry Insight by Patrick Chapman

How We Made This: Collaborations by Deaglán de Bréadún

Future of Writing Forum by Jane Clarke

Words on Stage by Siobhán Kane

Your Writing Life: Home & Abroad by Nicole Flattery

How I Made This: Practice & Process by Angela T. Carr

Anne Enright in Conversation by Kevin Power


Here’s what happened on the day…


With sincere thanks to our sponsors, without whose support the conference would not be possible.


Confirmed Exhibitors

Irish Writers Centre Books Ireland National Campaign for the Arts
Poetry Ireland UCD Arts Council
Childrens book ireland Big Smoke ICLA
Stinging Fly Banshee SCBWI
Munster Literature Centre Gill Books Tramp Press
Literature Ireland Salmon Press Mutability Literature
Publishing Ireland Irish Writers Union Belfast Book Festival
Royal Irish Academy Books Go Social John O’Connor School
The History Press AFEPI Ireland The John Hewitt Society
Boundless and Bare Museum of Irish Literature Fiction at the Friary
Tangerine Magazine Dublin Book Festival IMRAM
Trinity Centre for Literary and Cultural Translation Fingal Arts Office iBbY Ireland
Little Island

New Island

West Cork Literary Festival

Irish Pages


Queens University, Belfast