Lovers of books and writing attended the launch of this year's Wicklow Literature Programme with Words Ireland, which took place recently at Mermaid Arts Centre.
The programme includes a mentoring scheme with a selection of writers, a special reading project for children in libraries and a number of live literature events.
Highlights will include a masterclass with Ireland Professor of Poetry Paula Meehan at Bray Library, a reading with short story writer Claire Keegan at the Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely and a series of workshop and in-conversation events with Wicklow writers including Jane Clarke and Liz McManus in libraries throughout the county. Award winning illustrator Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick recently gave a workshop at Greystones Library as part of the programme.
The mentorship programme provides support for writers who are seeking feedback. Those being mentored are poets Caroline Bracken and Emer Fallon, Philip St. John with Evelyn Conlon (novel), Sinead O'Loughlin with Micheal J. Farrell (short story) Michelle Read with Justin McCarthy (playscript).