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Join the Royal Society of Literature and Arts Council Northern Ireland for a day of activity, shining a spotlight on the outstanding writers and writing of Northern Ireland, hosted by award-winning writer Paul McVeigh. A seminar, workshop, and panel discussion aim to inspire you to revisit and recommend your most loved Northern Irish writers.
Tickets are FREE for all events.
1 – 2pm, Poetry Workshop with Daljit Nagra
At lunchtime, award-winning poet and Chair of the RSL, Daljit Nagra (pictured), delivers a free hour-long workshop designed to reinvigorate your poetic voice. Open to all, whether you’ve recently started writing or are regularly performing work, Daljit’s writing exercises and infectious energy will encourage you to experiment with form and imagination.
3pm, In Conversation with Paul McVeigh and Molly Rosenberg
Director of the RSL Molly Rosenberg and Paul McVeigh (pictured) discuss the RSL Open programme and answer your questions about what RSL Fellowship means, why a community of writers is important, and how to recommend a writer to the programme.
6.30pm, Panel Discussion with Paul McVeigh, Wendy Erskine, Glenn Patterson, Shannon Yee and Daljit Nagra
We celebrate some of the finest Northern Irish writers working across form and genre today. Short-story writer Wendy Erskine (pictured), novelist Glenn Patterson, playwright Shannon Yee and poet and Chair of the RSL Daljit Nagra, will discuss their work, routes into writing and the Northern Irish literary scene. BOOK NOW
The RSL believes that literature is at its best when it includes voices from the greatest breadth of backgrounds and experiences from across the UK. Through RSL Open, we’re electing 60 RSL Fellows from communities under-represented in UK literature – particularly writers outside of London, writers of colour, working class writers and LGBTQ+ writers. We are currently seeking public recommendations of excellent writers from around the UK.
Presented in partnership with Arts Council Northern Ireland.