Seamus Heaney (1939 - 2013)
The Committee of the Irish Writers' Union would like to express our deep sorrow at the passing of Seamus Heaney. From his hand came great works of literature that inspired a generation of writers to seek to give words to their own experiences. His hand also provided the writers of Ireland with guidance, with reassurance and with confidence. Seán Carabini, Chairman of the Irish Writers' Union, has stated,
"Seamus was a quiet visionary. Through his words and his sentences, he showed us new and beautiful ways to think about our experiences as inhabitants of this island and as human beings. His legacy shall be the words of future generations of poets and writers. We shall miss him."
James Plunkett Short Story Award FinalOn 16th October a glittering night of awards was held at the Writers' Centre to honour our nine finalists, but only three could go home with the prize! Selected by judge Jennifer Johnston they were:
Third Place: Anne O'Brien, “I Could Have Been Anything”
Second Place: Fiona O’Connor, “The Mystery of the Missing Finger and the Dead Cat”
WINNER: Eileen Keane, “The Peace of Evening”
The prizes were awarded on the night by Irish Times literary editor Fintan O'Toole.
Following readings by the three prize winners, actor Bryan Murray read James Plunkett's short story "Ferris Moore And The Earwig", bringing to a close a delightful evening.
The competition is kindly sponsored by the 1913 Lockout Commemoration, Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, Dublin City Council, Dublin City Libraries, Irish Copyright Licensing Association and ICTU
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.