On 08 March 2016, International Women’s Day, 130 women writers took part in Women Aloud NI 2016, an initiative to raise the profile of the women’s writing scene in Northern Ireland. On that day, women’s writing was celebrated in fifteen venues across Northern Ireland [and in two venues outside Northern Ireland].
We’d like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who helped to make Women Aloud NI 2016 successful :
- The writers who took part
- The venues who hosted our events
- The audiences who came along to listen
- The publishing community – and broader creative community – who offered us enthusiastic encouragement
- Local press and media who helped us to spread the word
- Everyone who shared news about our events on social media
We’ve got lots of images to sort through, and we’ll be creating a gallery for the website over the coming weeks. In the meantime, here are two little somethings to give you a flavour of Women Aloud NI 2016.
Here’s a recording of the mass reading that took place at the end of the evening in No Alibis bookshop, Belfast [27 writers took part in this event ] :
And here’s a collage capturing the spirit of some of the Women Aloud NI 2016 events. [With thanks to Maria McManus for permission to share the black-and-white image taken at No Alibis].
With only a week to go until Women Aloud NI 2016, we’re busy making final preparations. A quick tot up of numbers took our breath away : 130 women writers will be taking part on the day! [Yeah. 130. That’s a lot of women writers, right?!] With 15 events happening in Northern Ireland on 08 March [and events in Scotland and Spain too], there’s plenty on offer. We hope that you can join us at one of our events and help us to celebrate our work and our vibrant community.
There’s plenty going on to celebrate Women Aloud NI 2016, and we hope you can join us at one of our events. Most events are free of charge Find out about all our events in Northern Ireland [and any booking requirements] here. Find out about our events outside Northern Ireland here. [Yes, we actually have some of those!]
We’ve been busy . We’ve reached our target of running at least one event in each of the 6 counties, and more than 100 women have registered to take part in the project so far. If you’d like to join us, there are still some reader slots available.
You can find the current events schedule [and get details of how to contact the relevant event coordinators] here and find more out about the project here.
We’re well on our way to finalising our core events schedule, and details of some of the events are already up on the website. Feel free to take a wee peek and see what’s already going on [and remember to check back regularly because more events – including independent ones – will be added over the coming weeks]. If you’re interested in being part of Women Aloud NI 2016 [as a reader at one of our events or as an organiser of an independent event], do get in touch! You can find out more about the project here , view our events page here and get in contact with us here .
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Women Aloud is an initiative which celebrates the work of women writers who are based in Northern Ireland. On Tuesday 8 March 2016, International Women’s Day, a range of events will be happening across the country.