We Did It Again!

Between 07 and 11 March 2017, in the region of 150 women writers took part in Women Aloud NI 2017, an initiative to raise the profile of the women’s writing scene in Northern Ireland. Over the course of three days, women’s writing – and International Women’s Day – was celebrated at 20 events: 12 in Northern Ireland and 6 in Dublin [including the hugely successful #WomenXBorders events at the Irish Writers Centre]. There were also 2 special events this year: a well-supported women’s poetry competition run by Waterstones Coleraine and an in-train recital on the Translink NI Enterprise service between Belfast and Dublin!

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We’d like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who helped to make Women Aloud NI 2017 successful :

  • The writers who took part
  • The venues who hosted our events
  • The audiences who came along to listen
  • The Irish Writers Centre in Dublin who partnered with us for #WomenXBorders
  • The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the National Lottery and Words Ireland who made our trip to Dublin possible
  • The friendly folk at Translink NI who helped keep our in-train recital ‘on track’ 😉
  • 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

This year, we’ve managed to capture the energy of our events on film 🙂 . Scroll down to watch highlights from our Belfast literary flash mob, some of our ‘best bits’ from our trip to Dublin and the literary soundscape we created with our fellow writers from the South.

See you at Women Aloud NI 2018!


Women Aloud NI 2017

wani 17 side barWe’re thrilled to announce our programme of events for Women Aloud NI 2017! Building on last year’s successwe’ll be running a series of literary events to celebrate International Women’s Day and to help raise the profile of women writers based in Northern Ireland or from Northern Ireland.

Since last year, our community of 130 women writers has grown to an incredible 250. We’re still as diverse and as inclusive as ever, and it’s been wonderful for us to be able to network with each other and support each other over the last 12 months.

This year, we’ll be starting our events a day early on the 7th March [it’s always good to have a warm-up 🙂 ] and finishing our events on the 11th March [it’s always good to make the fun last as long as possible 🙂 ]. There are 12 events taking place in Northern Ireland [11 on the 8th March, International Women’s Day]. On 11th March, 50 of us will be travelling down to the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin to celebrate International Women’s Day with women writers resident in the Republic of Ireland. 

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Find out more about our NI-based events here. Find out more about the Dublin events here.  Find out more about special events [including a poetry competition, an in-train recital and an independent event in Dublin] here. If you’re a female writer based in NI or from NI, there’s still time to join us. If you’d like to support us as an audience member at one of our events, please see individual event descriptions for booking details.