Surprised by Women Aloud NI!

We are delighted to be involved with this year’s C.S. Lewis Festival #CSLFest17. Surprised by Women Aloud NI will take place in The Linenhall Library, Belfast, at 13:00 on Tuesday 21 November. A multi-genre showcase event, the readings will connect with the festival theme ‘surprised by joy’. Participants include:

Vicki McFarland [Young Adult]

Karen Mooney [Poetry]

Kerry Buchanan [Fantasy]

Claire Savage [Poetry]

R B Kelly [Sci-Fi]

Valerie Christie [Short Story]

Mel Bradley [Poetry]

Kelly Creighton [Short Story]

Shelley Tracey [Poetry]

Maria McManus [Poetry]

Belinda Bennetts [Literary fiction]

Stephanie Conn [Poetry]

Ellie Rose McKee [Flash fiction]

Anne McMaster [Poetry]

Gerry McCullough [Short Story]

Elizabeth McGeown [Poetry]

Anna McAllister[ Non-Fiction]

Wilma Kenny [Poetry]

Gaynor Kane [Poetry]

The event is FREE and no booking is required. Please come along and join us. To access the full festival programme please click here.


Events in May and June 2017

In addition to our regular March extravaganzas, we’re starting to do more events at other times of the year. Here’s what’s coming up in May and June.

North Coast VoicesNorth Coast Voices: Saturday 20 May, 2.00pm – 4.00pm, Waterstones Coleraine
Come along and listen to women writers from the North Coast read from their work. Join us for poetry, history, myths, magic and more!

Featured authors and poets:
2.00pm Jo Zebedee [science fiction and fantasy]
2.10pm Nuala McAllister Hart [biographer]
2.20pm Jenny Methven [poetry]
2.30pm Jane Talbot [faerie tales]
2.40pm Bernie McGill [historical fiction]
2.50pm Anne McMaster [poetry]
3.00pm Debbie McCune [fantasy]
3.10pm Hilary McCollum [historical fiction]
3.20pm Sinead Coxhill [TBC]
3.30pm Claire Savage [fantasy]
3.40pm Antoinette Bradley [poetry]
3.50pm Maggie Sutherland [contemporary fiction]
4.00pm CLOSE

BBF 17 waniWomen Aloud NI at the Belfast Book Festival: Saturday 17 June, 2.00pm – 4.00pm, Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast BOOK TICKETS
We’re thrilled to be appearing ‘en masse’ at the Belfast Book Festival this year! Comprising a rapid-fire readathon and a simultaneous mass reading, this event is a wonderful opportunity to get a sense of the extraordinary diversity and richness of the women’s writing scene in the North. It’s also a lovely way to get to know the names of some of our finest emerging and established female writers.

Come along and listen to 50 women writers read from their work both individually and together. The list of readers includes: Jane Talbot, Felicity McCall, DJ McCune, Anne McMaster, Belinda Bennetts, Ellie Rose McKee, Sarah McMahon, Trish Bennett, Eibhlinn McAleer, Kelly Creighton, Tara West, Jo Zebedee, Maura Johnston, Nuala McAllister, Pauline Burgess, Helen Hastings, Vicky McFarland, Jenny Methven, Ev McLaughlin, Gaynor Kane, Annemarie Mullan, Lesley Allen, Helen Nicholl, Eimear O’Callaghan, Dominique Hoffman, Catriona King, Hilary McCollum, Caroline Johnstone, Dianne Ascroft, Valerie Christie, Lunatari Stargazer, Mary Montague, Elizabeth McGeown, Olive Broderick, Wilma Kenny, Stephanie Conn, Emma McKervey, Shirley-Anne McMillan, JS Comiskey, Rosemary Morrison, Seanín Hughes ….. and more!

Many members of Women Aloud NI are featuring at other events at the Belfast Book Festival [7-17 June]. Check out the full festival programme here. There’s something for everyone!

We Did It!

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].

Women Aloud NI 2016



Join Us At A Women Aloud NI Event on 08 March!

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!]

Women Aloud NI 2016