Launch of The National Emerging Writer Programme

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Always wanted to write a book?

Launch of The National Emerging Writer Programme

Have you ever thought you have a book inside you just waiting to be written?  This is your chance to do something about it.  The National Emerging Writer Programme will be launched by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan, on Wednesday 9th January 2013 in Pearse Street Library at 2.30pm.
A Dublin UNESCO City of Literature project, developed by the writers’ resource website, comprises of three programmes on a single 40 minute DVD. The programmes focus on essential writing techniques, suitable for new and experienced writers and are packed full of tips from well known Irish writers, Carlo Gébler, Declan Hughes and Sinéad Moriarty.
The DVDs are available to borrow from libraries nationwide and content is available online at or on YouTube. The DVDs are also available to purchase from Amazon.
Dublin is the fourth city to receive the prestigious UNESCO City of Literature designation. Director of Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, Jane Alger, said “The development of a National Emerging Writer Programme by Dublin City of Literature and will continue to focus world attention on Irish writing and provide advice and support for writers across the country.  We hope that the programme will have a significant and tangible impact on writing in Ireland - a legacy that will result in many new writers emerging on the world stage.”
“The National Emerging Writer Programme gives all writers the benefit of the expertise and experience of three of Ireland’s leading novelists, allowing new writers to view content at a time that suits them and to work at their own pace.  Writing is a solitary profession and support is essential. The programme is a natural extension of our core objectives and we were delighted to work with the Dublin City of Literature team to develop this exciting project.” said Vanessa O’Loughlin of
The National Emerging Writer Programme is a Dublin UNESCO City of Literature project which has been developed in association with and is funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

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Sinéad Moriarty
Sinead was born and raised in Dublin where she grew up surrounded by books. Her mother is an author of children’s books. Growing up, Sinead says she was inspired by watching her mother writing at the kitchen table and then being published. From that moment on, her childhood dream was to write a novel.
After a couple of years toying with ideas, she joined a creative writing group and began to write The Baby Trail. The bitter-sweet comedy of a couple struggling to conceive hit a nerve in publishing circles. It was snapped up by Penguin Publishing in the UK and Ireland and has, to date, been translated into twenty-five languages. Her eighth novel was published in 2012 and, along with many or her previous books, went straight to the no 1 spot. Sinead lives in Dublin with her husband and three children.
Carlo Gébler
Carlo Gébler was born in Dublin but brought up in London. He has written several novels along with works of non-fiction such as Father & I, a memoir about his relationship with his father, Ernest Gébler. In addition he has written short stories, travel articles and several works for children.  He is currently writer-in-residence in HMP Maghaberry, Co. Antrim and lives in Enniskillen with his wife and five children. Carlo says ' As a child I loved to read and to be read to.  I loved the tranced feeling that came when I got lost in a story.  I still look for that when I read now I am an adult (though I don’t always find it) and I also seek to give that feeling to my readers, whether they’re adults or children.'
Declan Hughes
Declan Hughes is the author of the Ed Loy PI series. His books have been nominated for the Edgar, CWA New Blood Dagger, Shamus and Macavity awards, and The Wrong Kind of Blood won the Shamus for Best First PI Novel. Declan is also an award-winning playwright and screenwriter, and the co-founder of Dublin's Rough Magic Theatre Company. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Dublin.