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ADVOCACY CLINIC

Every third Wednesday of each month, the IWU will hold a Clinic at the Irish Writers' Centre from 7pm-8.30pm.

Members of the Committee will be available to discuss problems and offer advice.

Why not drop in and see us!


JAMES PLUNKETT SHORT STORY AWARD 2014

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Following the great success of the 2013 competition,the Irish Writers' Union, in association with the Irish Writers' Centre, is very pleased to invite Union members and friends to the 2014 James Plunkett Short Story Awards night, from 7.30pm on Tuesday 4th November, at the Irish Writers' Centre, 19 Parnell Square Dublin 1.

The judge for the 2014 competition is Booker and IMPAC nominee Donal Ryan.

All prize winning authors will be reading their stories on the night of the Awards.

Congratulations to the following 30 stories that have made the shortlist for the 2014 James Plunkett Short Story Award. The Winners will be announced at 7.30pm in the Irish Writers' Centre on Tuesday, November 4th:

“Some Words to Conjure With” Kathryn Burke; “Fifty Cheers” Pat Murphy; “Leda reads Milo” Orla MacDonald; “The Lie” David Butler; “Last Orders” Anne O'Neill; “Shadows” Stephen Kennedy; “Budget Day” Michael Quirke; “Daz in the Window” Michael Quirke; “Teacups from the Land of Coffee” Marie Gethins; “The Long Shadow” Mary Angland; “Flood” Brian Kirk; “Are There Any Wrenboys in Kitui?” Róisín Bugler; “The Final Kick” Oliver Murphy; “An Odd way of Loving” Deirdre Manning; “Old Before Her Time” Sinead Slattery; “Once in a Birchwood of Bluebells” Patrick McClusker; “From an Early Age” Aimee McCague; “Medicine” Gavin Falconer; “Money for Jam” Margaret Fagan; “A Close Encounter of the Bird Kind” Ferghal McFlynn; “Talk is Cheap” Laura Golden; “Going Home” Mary T D'Arcy; “Letters to a Mother” Kevin Hurley; “Rocking-Chairs” Patrick McClusker; “The Chicken-Run Boys” Patrick McClusker; “A Secret Betrayal” Harry Mulhern; “Uncontactable" Paddy Doherty; “La Cumparsita” Anne Delaney; “Better Watch Out” A.M. Cousins; “Poker Night” David Mohan


EUROPEAN ELECTIONS 2014 - A CALL TO RESPECT COPYRIGHT

The 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.

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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.


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