The Irish Writers' Union AGM was held at the Irish Writers' Centre on Saturday 28th March.
Guest Speaker was Nicola Solomon and, following refreshments, Irene Graham hosted a workshop.
Kate Walsh was elected as our new Chair Person, having served for many years as secretary - a role now vacant!
The Committe is fully-stretched and would welcome help from any members who wish to represent the Union at events or have ideas for events of our own. Please get in touch!.
JAMES PLUNKETT SHORT STORY AWARD 2014A highly entertaining and enjoyable evening was had by all at the James Plunkett Short Story Awards night, 4th November, at the Irish Writers' Centre, with Booker and IMPAC nominee Donal Ryan an excellent speaker. Our thanks to him for having to play such a difficult role of judge, highlighted by the three prize winners. Choosing between them all could not have been easy, as well as having to leave out others, with only three prizes on offer. Congratulations to all who entered.
However, there could only be three winners and they were PAT MURPHY (1st place, 'Fifty Cheers'), DEIRDRE MANNING (2nd place, 'An Odd Way Of Loving') and KEVIN HURLEY (3rd place, 'Letters To A Mother').
Congratulations to all three and our thanks to them for reading on the night. We can now look forward to the 2015 James Plunkett Awards, so get writing!
Pictured are Donal Ryan, Pat Murphy, Deirdre Manning, Kevin Hurley and Seán Carabini (photography courtesy of Maria O'Donoghue).
EUROPEAN ELECTIONS 2014 - A CALL TO RESPECT COPYRIGHTThe next EU Parliament will, undoubtedly, look at the issue of copyright in all of its forms. We at the Irish Writers' Union want to ensure that a level playing field is maintained for all stakeholders. Ireland's deep literary heritage is something in which we can all take pride. Writers rely on copyright laws to ensure that their rights as creators are upheld and that they get their fair share of any profit made from their works.
The publication of a writer's work sees a coming together of the writer, the reader, and everyone in-between. The Irish Writers' Union calls on all candidates running in the upcoming EU elections to do all they can to ensure that any changes to copyright laws in the coming term will continue to ensure fairness and balance in all copyright matters. Every word in a proposed law can have a dramatic effect on the rights, the income and the viability of those who would seek a career as a writer. In addition to the millions of paper books available, citizens of the EU can access over two million e-books on a multitude of platforms. Lets ensure that these new emerging markets continue to ensure the fair protection of all involved. The Irish Writers' Union recognises that copyright issues evolve and welcomes a debate on the future of the matter. We call on all EU MEPs to recognise the central importance of copyright in the creation and dissemination of ideas in the EU and in its role as a safeguard to the livelihood of writers across the continent. Fair Use Fair Play
Irish Writers' Union 25th Anniversary Event
The anniversary celebration held at the Guinness Storehouse,on the evening of Saturday 15th December, proved an excellent event and the special guest was honorary IWU member President Michael D. Higgins, one of the Union's original members, who made a point of mingling and chatting with every guest, posing for photos with all. Many are now available to be viewed on our website here. All can be sent out to members on request.