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Sunday, 14 February 2010

Irish Writers Centre in Dublin

I was sorry to hear that the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin did not get a grant from the Arts Council this year. I gather that this puts a question mark over its future.
This is what they had to say about the decision in the their email newsletter
Dublin has lodged an application to UNESCO for a special designation as a ‘City of Literature’. If this is granted, Dublin, and Ireland, will be able to exploit this status to enhance its cultural profile and its attraction to cultural tourists. But the designation will be granted and maintained, not in recognition of our glorious tradition, but on the vibrancy of the contemporary writing environment and on the infrastructure that exists to sustain and develop that vibrancy. In view of this, the decision of the Arts Council to jeopardise the Irish Writers’ Centre is myopic in the extreme. 

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