Children’s Books Ireland recently undertook some survey research and a subsequent Zoom Artists Forum to assess the effect COVID-19 has had on the working lives of Irish children’s authors and illustrators and those working and living in Ireland. One of the recommendations was to initiate some kind of social gathering, albeit online, so we are delighted to launch the Children’s Books Ireland Artists coffee morning! These will be a recurring series of informal yet informative gatherings on Zoom where artists can hang out, learn from an expert about something pertinent to their work and meet others in their creative area.
Our first coffee morning will take place on Tuesday 28th July at 10 am and the topic will be Arts Council Awards and Bursaries. We’ll be joined by Sarah Bannan, Head of Literature at the Arts Council, who will talk about the application and selection process for their Literature Bursaries, the next round of which closes on Thursday 30th July. Sarah will also talk about an upcoming Professional Development and Training Award and a Literature Project Award. Please note that authors AND illustrators are eligible to apply for these awards and bursaries. Author Brian Conaghan will also join us, Brian is a past recipient of an Arts Council Literature bursary and has also sat on a panel selecting bursary recipients. There will be time for questions as well as informal chat and catch up.
This is a great opportunity to learn some expert and practical information about Arts Council supports and how to apply for them. If you would like to attend please email aoife [at] childrensbooksireland.ie by 5pm on Monday 27th July.