Last Saturday members of Fermanagh Writers headed off to Belfast to take part in Women Aloud NI’s event at the Belfast Book Festival.
Writers from Women Aloud NI were appearing ‘en masse’ at the Belfast Book Festival . Comprising a rapid-fire readathon and a simultaneous mass reading, this event provided a wonderful opportunity to get a sense of the extraordinary diversity and richness of the women’s writing scene in the North. It was also an introduction to some of Northern Ireland’s finest emerging and established female writers.
Approximately 40 women writers read from their work both individually and together. The list of readers included:
Jane Talbot, Felicity McCall, DJ McCune, Anne McMaster, Belinda
Bennetts, Ellie Rose McKee, Sarah McMahon, Trish Bennett, Eibhlinn McAleer, Kelly Creighton, Tara West, Jo Zebedee, Maura Johnston, Nuala McAllister, Pauline Burgess, Helen Hastings, Vicky McFarland, Jenny Methven, Ev McLaughlin, Gaynor Kane, Annemarie Mullan, Lesley Allen, Helen Nicholl, Eimear O’Callaghan, Dominique Hoffman, Catriona King, Hilary McCollum, Caroline Johnstone, Dianne Ascroft, Valerie Christie, Lunatari Stargazer, Mary Montague, Elizabeth McGeown, Olive Broderick, Wilma Kenny, Stephanie Conn, Emma McKervey, Shirley-Anne McMillan, JS Comiskey, Rosemary Morrison, Seanín Hughes ….. and more! Trish Bennett and Dianne Ascroft were the writers who represented Fermanagh Writers.
The buzz and the cameraderie was fantastic and it’s a day which the Fermanagh women will remember for a long time.