The Writers in Libraries Scheme, established by the Arts Council in 1985, was re-launched today (30 September) in the new Rush Library by award-winning children’s author Derek Landy.
The Writers in Libraries Scheme will provide funding for imaginative literary events in libraries across the country. It is designed to encourage libraries to partner with local and national literary festivals, resource organisations, and will also encourage libraries to use digital and social media. The Scheme is co-funded by the Arts Council and the Library Council, and is managed and administered by Poetry Ireland, which has fourteen years experience in working in this area.
The Arts Council’s Head of Literature, Sarah Bannan, expressed the Arts Council’s delight about the Scheme: ‘Ireland is renowned for its writers and its readers. We have a brilliant and vibrant library system, staffed by knowledgeable and passionate librarians, who bring high quality literature to thousands of readers every day. We are delighted to launch a scheme which will support libraries in programming exciting events for their local communities, and which will enable readers to engage with their favourite authors’.
Full information on the Scheme, closing dates and application forms will be available from Poetry Ireland from Thursday, 30 September.