Women Aloud NI was founded in December 2015. The organisation welcomed women writers based in Northern Ireland as well as those born in NI but now living abroad.
International Women’s Day 2016 was a day to remember. 130 women writers read selections of their work in 17 different literary events across Northern Ireland and Women Aloud NI was longlisted for a 2016 Saboteur Award.
In 2017, 150 Women Aloud NI members read and performed their work across 20 literary events. We also launched WomenXBorders in collaboration with The Irish Writers Centre; 25 of our members travelled to Dublin to join with twenty-five writers readers from Southern Ireland; we had an in-train recital on the Enterprise, panel discussions, information sessions, a day-long readathon of our work and a mass-reading of all writers together to close the event. The 2017 Saboteur Awards provided us with two accolades: Best Wildcard for our International Women’s Day events and Best Collaboration for WomenXBorders.
2018 has seen us take part in our largest number of open calls, curated events and festival readings yet. We introduced a token membership fee to help cover the costs of our first Community Day and other Women Aloud NI events. We also launched Women Aloud NI Reps (a vital link to all writers across NI) and held our AGM in the Europa hotel. In 2019 (with support from the Northern Ireland Arts Council) we’re about to launch a series of Writers’ Fairs across NI. This is just the beginning.