Last week, on International Women’s Day, women and men around the world celebrated the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. For me, it was mostly about celebrating women’s writing and the day turned into a week for me. As I told you in my last blog post, on 8th March I joined my fellow Fermanagh Writers members and other women from the border region to mark the occasion. We had a great evening of stories and poetry in Blakes of the Hollow in Enniskillen.
But that wasn’t the end of the celebrations. Women Aloud NI and the Irish Writers Centre teamed up to mark International Women’s Day with a day long readathon at the Irish Writers Centre on Saturday. With two other members of Fermanagh Writers, I travelled to Dublin to get in on it.
It was fantastic. Approximately 80 women shared their writing with their peers and others who comprised the audience in three minute bursts. In between listening to the amazing readings, I slipped out to listen to a panel discussion about self-publishing, chaired by Catherine Ryan Howard, and hung out downstairs in the library, chatting with friends, old and new. We finished off the day with a mass reading in the Garden of Remembrance across the road from the Irish Writers Centre.
If you’d like to get a glimpse of the day, drop by Fermanagh Writers’ blog for more info and pics. Click Here.