6 May 2022 18:00
UCD Naughton Joyce Centre 86
St Stephen's Green
Join us on Friday, 6 May, from 6pm for First Fridays. We have free admission from 6pm until 9pm (last admission 8pm). This month promises to be an exciting one, with a reading by writer Olivia Fitzsimons, whose debut novel has been described by the Irish Times as ‘powerful and uncompromising’, as well as a performance by internationally acclaimed Nigerian/Irish b-boy and hip-hop freestyle dancer Tobi Omoteso. Explore our exhibitions, including our brand new exhibition Literary Cities: Edinburgh. The Commons Café is also open late!
FRI 22 APR 2022
The Mermaid Theatre Bray
Join Belfast-based writer Jan Carson (The Raptures) and Wicklow-based debut novelist Olivia Fitzsimons (The Quiet Whispers Never Stop) for an engaging evening of bookish talk. Jan and Olivia will read from and discuss their latest critically acclaimed books, exploring themes such as rural life, growing up in the North, the role of women and community. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and find out a little more about the long journey from first inspiration to finally seeing a novel published. Both Jan and Olivia will share personal experiences and insights into their writing practice.
February 1st, 2022
Following the success of Brigid Meets Berlin in 2019, 2020 and 2021, the Embassy of Ireland in Germany and the Consulate General of Ireland in Frankfurt am Main, in cooperation with Literature Ireland, present a new showcase of female literary talent whose books are yet to be published in the German language.
Irish literature is famous all over the world and female writers are currently being celebrated more than ever before. We now use this opportunity to share with German language publishers, translators, and literary fans alike, some fresh new Irish talent that has never before been enjoyed through the German language.
To celebrate St. Brigid’s day on February the 1st, a day that marks the first day of Spring in the ancient Irish calendar, the Embassy and the Consulate General have commissioned translations of the opening segments of seven exciting Irish writers whose works will be showcased during the online event along with an introduction and Q+A with and by the writers themselves.
January 6, 2022
7 pm to 8.30 pm
In Evolution, we’ll hear from writers who are involved in the latest IWC initiative aimed at mid-career writers, including Olivia Fitzsimons, Sree Sen will speak about her research on human trafficking in India and Alice Kinsella reads a bespoke piece of creative writing on the evolution of the personal and collective relationship with nature and place within her writing.
Saturday 26th September 2020
Bray Literary Festival - Bray Literary Festival YouTube Channel
New and exciting voices celebrated as part of Bray Literary Festival.
Friday 18th September 2020
Culture Night Wicklow
Olivia Fitzsimons, Stephen Walsh and Cassia Gaden Gilmartin chat with Helen Meany about how they got through lockdown as emerging writers whilst juggling their different lifestyles/responsibilities, with writing. They will explore the highs and lows of recent times and read from their novels-in-progress.
3rd March 2020
8.00 - 9.00 pm Arklow Library
Way With Words Literary Festival Wicklow
Panel event chaired by Helen Meany. Olivia Fitzsimons, Louise Nealon, Stephen Walsh and Cassia Gaden Gilmartin discuss the business of writing before a book deal comes along and read from their work-in-progress.