Feature Article
Welcome to the May edition of our Newsletter
News this month
The Arts Council is partnering with a number of institutions to provide Initial Teacher Education for primary school teachers in Ireland
Bealtaine Festival 2017 programme launch -- #Alltogethernow: celebrating the power of the collective
The Readers’ Voice – Final Event
Grants and Awards
New Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme Closing Dates announced
Ireland at Showcase Scotland & Celtic Connections 2018
Engaging with Architecture Scheme closing date
New Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme Closing Dates announced
News from the community
Call for applications: artsandhealth.ie documentation bursary 2017
Arts Council Arts Participation Bursary Award Information Clinics in Carlow (12 May 2017) and Limerick (7 June 2017)
The Going Out Survey - National Arts & Disability Audience Research
The Readers’ Voice – Final Event

The Readers’ Voice, a series of author interviews with Anne Enright, the Laureate of Irish Fiction, taking place across the country, celebrating the reader, local libraries and outstanding Irish writing, comes to a close on 4 May with Molly McCloskey in Cavan.

Over the course of February, March and April Ireland's inaugural Laureate, Anne Enright, has been interviewing writers in different library related venues. Regardless of geography, readers across the country have been encouraged to engage with the series, read the books and tune in online to watch the events in libraries across the country.

Watch The Readers’ Voice trailer on vimeo here: https://vimeo.com/213827158

Speaking about the series, Laureate for Irish Fiction Anne Enright says, “The Irish readership is the most loyal - and the most silent - in the English-speaking world. The Readers’ Voice is a celebration of book clubs and libraries, a small way of giving back to the audience that has sustained the Irish tradition over the last many decades.

There is no great statement here about the state of Irish literature. This is a personal selection of six books, chosen with the readers in mind. A little less plot driven than the usual book club choices, perhaps, these novels focus, for the most part, on individual lives: on the choices we make, our losses and reclamations. There are unforgettable characters created on these pages: Paula Spencer in The Woman Who Walked into Doors, Farley Grainger in The Cold Eye of Heaven, Catherine McKenna in Grace Notes, Melody Shee in All We Shall Know, and the American blow-in, Alice, in When Light is Like Water. I was surprised, myself, by the number of female lives and female voices in this cross section of contemporary Irish fiction, which were written by both women and men. I also love first person narrators - they get so close to the reader’s ear. Through these imperfect, unsettling, characters we get a true glimpse of Ireland as it changes - and this change becomes the overt subject in the social satire of The Devil I Know.”

Details for the final event are as follows:

Further information is be available at http://www.artscouncil.ie/Arts-in-Ireland/Literature/The-Readers_-Voice/, and by following @LaureateFiction on Twitter #ReadersVoice