We are delighted to share the news that Women Aloud NI 2017 was voted Best Wildcard and WomenXBorders [our collaboration with the Irish Writers Centre] was voted Best Collaborative Work in this year’s prestigious Saboteur Awards.
Huge congratulations also go to Freya McClements for winning Best Reviewer category and to Stephanie Conn, whose poetry pamphlet, Copeland’s Daughter, was shortlisted in the Best Poetry Pamphlet category.
Our best wishes go to all winners and shortlisters. You can find full details of winners and runners-up for all categories over on the Saboteur Awards website. Our heartfelt thanks go to everyone who voted for us: we really appreciate the support. Thanks also to the folks at Sabotage Reviews for administering the awards and for the warm hospitality at the recent award ceremony in London.
The organisers of the awards sent us a copy of voter comments: they make for heart-warming reading! There are too many comments to list all of them, so we’ve just selected a few to give you a flavour.
Voter Comments for Women Aloud NI 2017
‘It has highlighted the positive energy and creativity in Northern Ireland.’
‘It’s the most incredible initiative that has brought the profile of women writers in Northern Ireland to the forefront.’
‘A brilliant initiative bringing women writers from NI together.’
‘Supported me and hundreds of other N. Irish women writers.’
‘A brilliant initiative that has galvanised the female writing community in Northern Ireland.’
‘In the past year, Women Aloud NI have really made a splash. Women from all stages in their writing have joined this Northern Irish movement which has connected women through social media, live events and, above all, created a community of women writers supporting and encouraging each other.’
‘Great collaboration, inspiring writers, showcasing work, building links across borders, challenging sexism , breaking down barriers.’
‘Brilliant organisation which has done so much to raise the profile of women writers in NI. Very inclusive.’
Voter Comments for WomenXBorders
‘Inspiring and important work.’
‘Dynamic. Inclusive. Daring. Wild and wonderful. We need this.’
‘A truly inspirational cross-border effort.’
‘A fantastic cross-border initiative which brought out the creative and positive voices of Irish women.’
‘It was the best feminist expression of creativity to celebrate international women’s day.’
‘The mass reading at the end of the event was incredibly powerful.’
‘It really built a sense of community, it helped people to make literary connections and friendships across national boundaries, and it did a great deal to raise the profile of women’s writing on the island of Ireland. Whatever happens with the physical border between the North and the South as a result of Brexit, these women have made sure that the literary border is porous!’
‘A brilliant idea that gained huge momentum: N Ireland women writers crossing the border to join their counterparts in the South. They performed on the train, in the streets, indoors with such joy and enthusiasm. So well organised it’s bound to become an annual event.’
‘One of the best spoken word events I’ve ever been to.’
‘A joyous experience of Northern Irish women writers crossing the border into the Republic of Ireland, many for the first time.’
‘Women have too often been sidelined in Irish literature. This event marked a departure and fresh beginning so that, in years to come, women will not be relegated from the canon of Irish history and culture.’
‘I was there. It was very impressive.’
‘Stunningly presented collaboration between the North and the South. Excellent management made this project a huge success.’