We will host sixteen events over the weekend, incl readings, talks and Q&A sessions. There will be seven writing workshops, a songwriting workshop and a giant open mic for the public. Our thirty-six writers are from varied backgrounds, and include an eclectic mix of emerging talent and well-established writers. Four musicians will take part in an event called the Songwriters Round. We will also have a free talk on human rights and development, and a professional development workshop for writers gving advice on how to market their work. We also have three events for children, including one event as Gaeilge, and a Writing from Life Experience workshop geared towards elderly people in the community.
Myself and my husband David Butler run a very successful writers salon called STACCATO, which takes place in Toner's Pub in Dublin. We host six writers (3 poets & 3 fiction writers) and a featured musician on the second Wednesday of every month. Our committee consists of six widely-published and award-winning writers: Tanya Farrelly, David Butler, Catherine Dunne, Breda Wall Ryan and Brian Kirk. We all have experience of helping out/hosting/teaching at other festivals. Our course facilitators are vastly experienced.
We would like to make money on ticket sales before the actual festival so that we can estimate the reading fee that we can afford to pay each participant. Being the inaugural year of the festival we are unfunded and relying only on local sponsorship and ticket sales.
This money will be used to pay some fo the participants in the festival. We hope to raise the rest of our budget through local sponsorship.
We have everything inplace for our project. All of the venues are reserved and the writers and musicians have been selected. We simply need the means to pay them.
We would like to thank you for your imterest in Bray Literary Festival. We hope to bring you a high standard of literary events and writing worshops. Your support in invaluable to us!