Bray Literary Lecture in partnership with The Stinging Fly

Entitled: “Practive, Process, Product”, this year’s Bray Literary Lecture in partnership with The Stinging Fly will see author Mia Gallagher offer her advice and expertise to both potential and professional writers.

Saturday 28th September @ 11.30am in Bray Town Hall.

“Practice, Process, Product”

Are you a scribbler? An author? An artist? An amateur? A beginner? A professional practitioner? Is writing your vocation? Your hobby? Your job? Your career? Your books, poems or stories? Or just what you do?

In this talk Mia Gallagher will be exploring writing through three lenses: writing as practice, writing as process and writing as product. She will look at the overlaps and differences between the three perspectives, and will try to identify how, and when, each may best support ‘good’ writing. She’ll discuss how confusing these perspectives can create problems for the writer and she’ll finish by exploring strategies which have helped her to navigate some of these problems in her own practice.


Author Application for BLF 2019

Hi All,

We will be accepting author applications to participate in BLF 2019 from 1-31st March.

In order to apply, please complete and submit the following application form:

It would be helpful to mention any themes in your work.

Those who took part in the 2018 festival are not eligible to apply this year.

With many thanks and best of luck,

Tanya and the team.

What’s Hot in Irish Writing?

Don’t miss our headlining event next Friday 28th Sept @ 8pm. Tickets can be booked directly from the Mermaid Arts Centre: €10/8 concession.

David Butler will interview former fiction laureate Anne Enright. And then lead a panel discussion with award-winning writers Paul Lynch and Danielle McLaughlin and leading publishers Arlen House and The Stinging Fly. A unique insight into the world of publishing from both sides of the fence!

Open for Author Applications

We are currently accepting applications from authors/poets who would like to read at our next festival taking place Friday 28th – Sunday 30th September 2018. Applications will be accepted from May 1st – 31st. Applications sent outside this period will not be considered.

Many thanks for your interest. We hope to bring you a weekend filled with readings, Q&A’s, writing workshops, music, and professional development talks for writers.
Best wishes,
Tanya & the team.

Buy Tickets now!

Hi All,

For our opening event of 2018: WHAT’S HOT IN IRISH WRITING, featuring writers: Anne Enright, Paul Lynch and Danielle McLaughlin alongside publishers: Alan Hayes and Declan Meade, you can book tickets through the Mermaid Arts Centre. €10/8 concession.

All other events are €5 and are pay-at-the-door on a first-come-first-served basis.

Day Passes are €15 and Wkend passes €25. If you would like to purchase one of these, you can pay me at the first event you go to and I will issue you with a wristband.

Day and Weekend are for Saturday and Sunday only – and do not include workshops, which are €10. Booking for workshops is essential:, and you can pay your facilitator on the day!

If you wish to reserve places for the Joyce Musical Soiree, please email:

Any other questions, just drop me an email!

warm wishes,