I’m MCing Taking the Mic – Northern Takeover

I’ve MCed a fiction night with authors I knew. I’ve filled in once in an emergency at a Word Factory in London. I’ve never MCed an open-mic event – but there’s always a first time.
Here’s the details. Hope to see some of you there.
“This month we’ll be taking our much loved open-mic night to the Crescent Arts Centre Belfast for Takin the Mic – Northern Takeover (and read more here).
The event will be MCed by writer Paul McVeigh and we’ll be curating a number of fantastic spoken word performers including Abby Oliveira as well as the usual open mic performers.
We want to bring as many people with us to Belfast and to facilitate this we’ll be organising a free bus which will departing from the Irish Writers Centre at 5pm on Friday 26 March.”
Bus from Irish Writers Centre
Date: Friday 26 March
Time: 5pm
Takin the Mic – Northern Takeover
Time: 7.30pm
Location: Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast


A few things to note: 

– Five mins per performer – poetry and fiction
– Slots are on a first come, first served basis
– Performers should sign up in advance via Eventbrite (free) – or contact Kate at events@irishwriterscentre.ie

Irish Writers Centre July 19

Hope to see some of you tomorrow at 7.30pm.

Tickets via Eventbrite: €5 / €3 | Tickets on the door: €7

(glass of wine included)

The Irish Times Book Club in association with the Irish Writers Centre present:

The Good Son – Paul McVeigh in conversation with Martin Doyle and the Irish Times Book Club

A writer to be championed… utterly engaging… vivid, fresh and brought fully to life… written with a sharp eye and a big heart, The Good Son will establish Paul McVeigh as an important new Irish voice — Lucy Caldwell

About the book

Mickey Donnelly is smart, which isn’t a good thing in his part of town. Despite having a dog called Killer and being in love with the girl next door, everyone calls him ‘gay’. It doesn’t help that his best friend is his little sister, Wee Maggie, and that everyone knows he loves his Ma more than anything in the world. He doesn’t think much of his older brother Paddy and really doesn’t like his Da. He dreams of going to America, taking Wee Maggie and Ma with him, to get them away from Belfast and Da. Mickey realises it’s all down to him. He has to protect Ma from herself. And sometimes, you have to be a bad boy to be a good son.

About the author

Paul McVeigh’s work has been performed on stage and radio, published in print and been translated into 7 languages. He began his career as a playwright in his home town, Belfast, before moving to London where he wrote comedy shows, which were performed at the Edinburgh Festival and in London’s West End. The Good Son (Salt), his first novel, was Brighton’s City Reads for 2016, shortlisted for The Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award and is currently a finalist for The People’s Book Prize and longlisted for The Polari Prize. It was shortlisted for The Guardian’s ‘Not The Booker’ Prize in 2015 and chosen by The Literary Platform to be part of The UK-Russia Year of Language and Literature. He won The McCrea Literary Award in 2015.

– This event will be recorded in front of a live audience for the Irish Times Book Club podcast so please arrive promptly.
– Whether you’ve read the book or not, come along on the 19th and join in the conversation. The book will also be available for purchase at the event.

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