A Wealth of Women Aloud NI Members in New CAP Anthology

We were beyond delighted to hear that no less than EIGHTEEN of our members have been chosen by Community Arts Partnership to have their poems included in the new Poetry In Motion Anthology, which means they are all in the running for the 2019 Seamus Heaney Award!

We couldn’t fit everyone into the single promo image but the roll call, in no particular order, is:

Trish Bennett, Teresa Godfrey, Clodagh Brennan Harvey, Elizabeth McGeown, Jenny Methven, Gaynor Kane, Teresa Kane, Amy Wyatt, Maeve O’Lynn, Anne McMaster, Kendra Reynolds, Clare McWilliams, Morna Sullivan, Wilma Kenny, Csilla Toldy, Emma McKervey, Paula Ryder, and Ellie Rose McKee

A very big well done to all of you!

Full International Women’s Day 2019 Programme Now Announced!

We are proud to announce all of out events for March 2019. See image below for details.

Faces of Change: Votes for Women Exhibition

On the 2nd of February at 12pm – and again at 2pm – a number of writers from Women Aloud NI will share a selection of their work in a strikingly atmospheric setting closely associated with the campaign for women’s rights: the Dining Room at Mount Stewart.

Join us for a final chance to view the National Trust’s ‘Faces of Change’ exhibition in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery. This is a poetry recital not to be missed. The readings will not only place the history and context of the exhibition within an everyday framework – powerfully echoing the ethos of Edith, Marchioness of Londonderry – but will also reflect the core tenet of Women Aloud NI which is to encourage the development of women’s writing in Northern Ireland.

Find full details on the Facebook event here.

Normal admission fees apply to non-members. Booking essential for all via Mount Stewart reception, in person, or by phone on 028 4278 8387.

Happy 2019!

The new year is well underway and we’ve been busy planning our March events for this year. As always, we will be engaging in a number of readings all across Northern Ireland for International Women’s Day alongside our now annual trip to Dublin for WomenXBorders and we have something else extra special in the works as well. Stay tuned for more information as it’s released.

An Abundance of Arts Council Awards

It is with great pleasure that we can announce no less than twelve of our members have secured lottery funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland under their Support For the Individual Artist Programme this year. Some have won General Awards while others have received awards under the Artists Career Enhancement Scheme (ACES). Here is the full list across both (in no particular order).

  • Anne McMaster
  • Yvonne Boyle
  • Ellie Rose McKee
  • Clare McWilliams
  • Shirley-Anne McMillan
  • Jo Zebedee
  • Sharon Dempsey
  • Myra Zepf
  • Gaynor Kane
  • Mel Bradley
  • Annemarie Mullan
  • Maeve O’Lynn

Ladies, we are delighted for all of you and can’t wait to see what projects spawn from this investment. Congratulations!

Come Fly with Women Aloud NI

Throughout history people have been drawn towards the skies, stars and space; and the known and unknown of this and other worlds.

Please join Women Aloud NI as we take you on a journey up, into the atmosphere, with ‘out of this world’ stories and poems.

Our writers have been keeping their pens firmly against the page – unlike their imaginations, which often travel to sometimes weird but always wonderful locations.

Free event part of the C.S. Lewis Festival. Full details here.

The Edge of the Island Readings

This autumn, take part in The Edge of the Island creative writing workshop with Anne McMaster exploring our complex relationship with both the land and the sea. Then join Women Aloud NI writers for a specially curated series of readings exploring life at the edges of our island.

Cost is £25 and spaces are limited to a maximum of twelve.

Venue: Flowerfield Arts Centre

Date/Time: Saturday 20th October, 1.30-4pm

Love Letters at Culture Night Belfast

This is the tenth year of Culture Night Belfast. On the 21st of September, the city will be hiving with hundreds of free events and two of them will be ours!

In the afternoon (2.30-3.30pm) there will be Love letters in the Library and in the evening, between 7 and 8pm at Deli Lites, there will be Love Letters from Women Aloud NI.

The first event had our writers reading response pieces to their favourite books and the second event showcases all new pieces that spell out the letters of our organization.

There’s going to be great variety, that’s for sure.

Event Announcement: Aspects Festival 2018

Exciting news! We have members involved in two different Aspects Irish Literature Festival events this year.

On Saturday the 15th of September there is a morning event in Bangor’s Not-So-Secret Garden and in the evening our very own Clare McWilliams is hosting the North Down Heat of the All-Ireland Poetry Slam.

Do come along!

EastSide Arts Festival Events

We have two upcoming events as part of the EastSide Arts Festival.

Poetry, Prose, & Pastries 

Date/Time: Friday 3rd August, 11am – Noon

Venue: EastSide Visitor Centre

Price: Free but booking essential

Readers will treat you to bite-sized readings from their work, highlighting the diversity of the contemporary writing scene. There will be an opportunity to meet the authors afterwards. It’s sure to be a literary feast!


An Evening with EastSide Choir

Date/Time: Sunday 5th August 2018, 7 – 9pm

Venue: St Martins Church, Ballymacarrett, Belfast

A very special evening of words and music.

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