Irish Writers for Palestine has announced the Dublin event in a series of four writer-lead events in Belfast, Cork, Galway and the capital city.
The Irish Writers for Palestine series is in sale now.
Taking place at The Complex on Tuesday December 5th, the event is hosted by actress and writer Tara Flynn, and will feature readings from Irish literature names Sally Rooney, Kevin Barry, Sinéad Gleeson, Mark O’Connell, Siobhán McSweeney, Blindboy Boatclub, Colin Barrett, and Palestinian guests. There will also be music from Colm Mac Con Iomaire and Poor Creature. Proceeds will go to Medical Aid for Palestinians.
Tickets go on sale via The Complex website.
Tuesday, November 28th in The Black Box, Belfast. Booker Prize-winning author Anna Burns will be joined by Leontia Flynn, Michael Magee, Glenn Patterson, Stephen Sexton and Palestinian guests. Music comes from Múlú and Arborist. Proceeds will go to Medical Aid for Palestinians. Tickets will go on sale on Monday, November 13th at 10am, via blackboxbelfast.com
Sunday 10th December @ Nuns Island Theatre, Galway will feature readings from Elaine Feeney, Lisa McInerney, Rita Ann Higgins, Mary Costello, Nicole Flattery, Una Mannion, Sarah Clancy, Alan McMonagle, Mary Watson, Eva Bourke and Mike McCormack. Music on the night comes from Maija Sofia. Tickets on sale now.
Saturday, December 2nd at Live at St Luke’s Cork with writers Donal Ryan, Julie Goo, Danny Denton, Doireann Ní Ghríofa and Eimear Ryan, joined by musicians including Declan O’Rourke, Toucan, Caoilian Sherlock.
“As well as raising money, our hope is that this series will have a cultural impact, both in Ireland and abroad, and will galvanise people in some way. Writers, especially in Ireland, occupy a certain cultural position, and we hope to use that position to do what we can to show our solidarity. And if we can platform Palestinian literature in the process, and include Palestinian writers in the events, alongside Irish writers, we have the potential to make a very powerful statement, especially in this current political climate, when voices sympathetic to the Palestinian struggle, both within Israel, and across Europe and the US, are facing more marginalisation and violent suppression than ever.”Michael Magee, organiser.
At the time of writing, over 10,000 civilians, including more than 4,000 children, have been killed in the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip since the 7th October 2023. In addition to the bombardment, the supply of clean water, medicine, food, and fuel has been greatly restricted in what UN Secretary-General António Guterres has described as “more than a humanitarian crisis. It is a crisis of humanity.”
Irish Artists for Palestine
Irish Artists for Palestine is a coalition of artists announcing an all-island programme of solidarity events in light of the current genocidal attack and siege on Gaza, and the ongoing occupation of Palestine.