Literature Ireland

Support for Writers: 15 March. All welcome!

Surviving or Thriving? Supporting wellbeing in the arts sector: Literature


Monday 15 March, 10.30am (online)

Chair: Dr Maureen Gaffney

Speakers: Writers Anne Enright and Helena Close, and poet Stephen Sexton.

Part of an online series of panel discussions, workshops and resources seeking to strengthen resilience, restore confidence and promote connectedness across the arts sector.

Admission free but booking essential. Book your place HERE.


About the speakers:

Anne Enright is one of our leading writers.  Her most recent books are No authority: Writings from the Laureateship (UCD Press) which is a collection of essays and short stories, and a novel Actress (Jonathan Cape).  She is a Professor of Creative Writing at UCD.

Described by The Irish Times as “a born storyteller”, Limerick native Helena Close has been writing full time for the past 20 years.  She has published eight novels, four of which were co-written. Her latest novel, The Gone Book, was published in April 2020 and was nominated for the Carnegie Award 2021, shortlisted for An Post YA Novel of the Year and chosen for inclusion in EmpathyLab UK's 2021 selection. Her short story Then They Came For The Cats was shortlisted for the prestigious Bridport International Short Story Prize 2020.  Her play Red Army, co-written with Marie Boylan, will be staged in the Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick this September.   Helena is currently working on her fifth novel and a collection of short stories.  She holds a Masters (first class honours) in Creative Writing from University of Limerick.  She is Munster Rugby obsessed, loves cats and dogs and sometimes people.

Stephen Sexton’s first book, If All the World and Love Were Young was the winner of the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2019 and the Shine / Strong Award for Best First Collection. He was awarded the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature in 2020. He was the winner of the National Poetry Competition in 2016 and the recipient of an Eric Gregory Award in 2018. He teaches at the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University, Belfast.




Painting courtesy of the National Gallery of Ireland

An Apple Tree in Blossom
Artist: Eugène Emmanuel Lemercier

Creative Commons license.

Posted to on 14 Mar 2021.