Literature Tour commences in Derry

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A selection of Northern Ireland’s finest writers will read extracts from their work to the public at The Verbal Arts Centre next Friday evening.

Participating authors include Sean Mackel from the North West, Carlo Gebler, who wrote the narrative history, ‘The Siege Of Derry’ in 2005, Terri Hooley and Ivan Mckeown, poet Moyra Donaldson and non-fiction writer Des O’Reilly.

A question and answer session chaired by BBC Arts Extra presenter Marie-Louise Muir will follow the readings.

It is the second stage of the successful tour which has been organised to launch new organisation PublishingNI.

The new body has been set up to promote Northern Ireland’s publishers, writers, and book releases.

The organisation aims to increase local readership and develop new audiences. Local publishing houses Guildhall Press, Dogs Ears and Yes! Publications are all involved in the new organization, as well as Lagan Press, and Blackstaff Press.

Executive Director of the Verbal Arts Centre, James Kerr, which is a PublishingNI partner organisation and is hosting the event next week, said: “Northern Ireland has produced, and continues to produce, a wealth of superb writers.

“Local publishing companies are the unsung heroes behind this activity constantly working hard to bring new voices from Northern Ireland to local, national and international readers.

To coincide with PublishingNI’s new tour a series of locally published books will be available for sale permanently in the Verbal Arts Centre, as well as at other book events throughout Ireland, including the Dublin Book Festival, the Lyric Launch Festival and the Belfast Book Festival later in the year”.

Guests will be able to enjoy some light refreshments and a selection of locally published books by the featured writers, which will available for purchase.

Seating is limited so to book your place contact Catherine McGrotty on 02871266946.

PublishingNI is funded by the Creative Industries Innovation Fund via the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL).