Writers Cafés



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

Applying for Literature Bursaries and Grants
Saturday 18 November

Venue: Town Hall theatre, Westport
Paul Perry will lead a session on how to write standout applications for grants and bursaries – with a focus on Arts Council bursaries and local arts office grants. The session will focus on the art of convincing judging panels that your work is of a high quality, that financial support is necessary, and how to contextualize your work within the wider literary landscape. He will also give an insider’s knowledge of the mindset of judging panels and their processes of selection, offering essential advice and tips throughout.Paul Perry is poet, author, translator and artistic director of the Ennis Book Club Festival. He has won the Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year Award and The Listowel Prize for Poetry and has been a James Michener Fellow of Creative Writing at The University of Miami, and a Cambor Fellow of Poetry at The University of Houston. He is the author of five collections of poetry; and together with writer Karen Gillece he is the author (under the penname Karen Perry) of four bestselling thrillers, two of which are currently being adapted for TV and film. He is Creative Writing Fellow at UCD.
Admission free, booking is essential: Eventbrite