The newly formed Kerry Women Writers’ Network will form part of our Fringe programme of events on Sunday evening, 1st June. Formed in November 2013, the brainchild of Kerry-born playwright Amy Conroy and Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan, Kerry Women Writers’ Network aims to provide support and resources for women writers in Kerry.
The first official meeting was held in January 2014 in Tralee Library. As well as sharing resources, the Network acts as a platform for women writers to perform and share their creative output, along with offering workshops and opportunities for creative development. They achieve this through monthly meetings, engagement with online networking sites and reading events, including a very successful launch and reading on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2014 at Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre (pictured above with Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan.)
In only a few short months the Network has amassed a membership of approximately eighty local female writers comprising of those who originate from Kerry, and women from all over the world who are now based in Kerry. It is an extremely diverse group of poetry, prose, drama and non-fiction writers of all ages.
This year they received an Arts Act Grant from Kerry County Council and it is thanks to this support that the KWWN will be running their inaugural Kerry Women Writers’ On Tour Festival 2014. This event will be launched as part of Listowel Writers’ Week Fringe in St. John’s Church on Sunday at 4:30pm on 1 June with an afternoon of literature and music.
During selected weekends in June, July and August, a different group of five KWWN writers will travel to Arts Centres all across Kerry County to perform their work for local communities. Attendees at the Listowel Fringe event will also have an opportunity to submit to the Anthology of Kerry Women Writers (forthcoming 2015) and to join the KWWN. The event is the blueprint for the National Tour they hope to embark on in Summer 2015.
The members reading as part of the Fringe Programme are as follows:
Mary Johnston, Margret Shea, Sharon Fitzpatrick, Lily Tagney, Anna O’Leary
Margaret Sheehan, Mary Lavery-Carrig, Colette Nunan-Kenny, Victoria Kennefick and Fiona Brennan
Stay up-to-date with all the KWWN news by following them on www.facebook.com/kerrywomenwriters or on their Blog at kerrywomenwriters.blogspot.com. See you there!
This event will take place on Sunday 1st June, 4.30pm at St John’s Theatre. Admission is Free and there is no need to book. Just pop along!