In partnership with Belfast City Council, we are delighted to announce that the Northern Ireland Festival of Writing will be running throughout October & November 2020. With a range of online content including interviews with local writers and content creators, panel events and a range of online workshops and masterclasses from a variety of writing talents from Northern Ireland and beyond, we can’t wait to help you unleash your inner-writer.
Whilst the events will be FREE, in order to increase the number and variety of events held throughout the remainder of the year, Belfast City Council have kindly offered to match-fund us to the value of £5,000 if we undertake a crowdfunding campaign.
So, we need your help!!
With opportunities for donation from as little as £5, to sponsorship opportunities from as little as £100, we would ask that you help us in our aim. View our campaign and look at some of the highlights of last year’s festival by clicking the link below.
Merlin Arts CIC is a not for profit organisation who exist to use the power of writing as a means to support and develop writers of all ages, gender and background all across Northern Ireland to be the best they can be. At Merlin Arts, we seek to educate, empower and encourage people to use the power of their writing to help them develop their confidence, enhance and improve their literacy & communication skills and overcome personal and societal issues in order to improve the quality of their lives, their relationships, their mental and physical health, as well as their employability. We also aim to provide opportunities for aspiring and emerging writers and content creators, to develop and hone their craft as well as providing them with a platform to showcase and celebrate their works.
About the Northern Ireland Festival of Writing
The inaugural Northern Ireland Festival of Writing took place in April & May of 2019. In launching the festival it was our aim to bring together a range of local writers and content creators from across the wide spectrum of talents that we have in Northern Ireland, to run a series of events and workshops wherein those aspiring and emerging in their chosen creative field would have the opportunity to learn from those who had successfully carved a path for them to follow, as well as providing a platform for local writers at all points in their writing journey, to showcase their achievements. The festival was a huge success. We had a level of support that went well beyond our expectations, with established artists and organisations willing to give up their time and expertise to help others develop their craft, as well as our database of people wishing to take part in and develop from the festival, reaching numbers of mind-blowing proportions. Of course Covid-19 has changed our means of staging the festival. The 2020 festival commences as a series of online events throughout October and November this year, with a further programme planned for the time when safer social gatherings can be staged.