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The Irish Writers Centre and EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum come together to host the IWC’s hugely popular Nollaig na mBan event in praise of women writers around Ireland. The event coincides with the relaunch of EPIC’s ‘Blazing a Trail: Lives and Legacies of Irish Diaspora Women’ exhibition.

The Irish Writers Centre event takes place on Nollaig na mBan, Sunday 6 January at 7pm for its fifth successful year. Broadcaster, journalist and writer Sinéad Gleeson will MC the evening as well as read her own work, with contributions from writers Wendy Erskine, Eithne Shortall, Lauren Foley, Caitríona Ní Chléirchín, Dr Angela Byrne, Mary O’Donnell and Genevieve Hulme-Beaman alongside music from the magnificent Branwen.

Emilie Pine will be the featured writer from Tramp Press, and the WORD group will lead a tribute to women writers who have suffered imprisonment for expressing their opinions through poetry, painting and letters.

Due to popular demand, ‘Blazing a Trail: Lives and Legacies of Irish Diaspora Women’ returns to EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum from 4-18 January 2019. ‘Blazing a Trail’ celebrates the lives and legacies of 21 pioneering Irish diaspora women of the 19th and 20th centuries who blazed a trail in a wide range of fields. It is a collaboration between EPIC, Herstory and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and is curated by Dr Angela Byrne, DFAT Historian-in-Residence at EPIC. ‘Blazing a Trail’ is free and open to the public at EPIC in the CHQ Building from 9.30am-5.30pm.

Jessica Traynor, Deputy Museum Director of EPIC, says: “I’m very pleased that the exhibition is returning to be seen by a new audience before it travels to Irish embassies around the world. Nollaig na mBan is the perfect timing for this and EPIC is delighted to be hosting the Irish Writers Centre event featuring an array of talented Irish writers.”

Those attending the IWC event are encouraged to take part in a New Year’s Kris Kindle, and bring along a much-loved book by a female writer, wrap it and label or tag it with a description of no more than three lines. If you bring a book, you go home with one too!

Tickets priced €14 include a complimentary glass of wine and any profits will go towards the development of Irish Writers Centre programmes.

Buy tickets for this event via the Irish Writers Centre website.

This is an Irish Writers Centre initiative supported by the Arts Council of Ireland in association with Tramp Press and EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum.