The Live Network
LIVE Network is a literary network that was established in partnership with Words Ireland, in 2018, as part of a Literary Audience Development Scheme, managed by curator Dani Gill.
It comprises 6 venues nationally: The Backstage Theatre, The Ramor Theatre, Roscommon Arts Centre, The Source Arts Centre, Riverbank Arts Centre, and Droichead Arts Centre. With guidance from Dani, the venues work together to develop literature and audiences for literature through programmed events, collaborations, tours and workshops.
The LIVE Network supports writers and aims to animate communities and generate interest in reading, writing and literature as an artform. Projects to date have included One Book initiatives, online events via the LIVE Network YouTube Channel author events, outreach projects as well as the support of commissions, and residency opportunities for writers.
I was delighted to discover that a Literary Audience Development Officer had been appointed through this scheme over the last few years. As writers, we are unlikely to be able to put on a ‘show’ but through this network, we got the opportunity to connect with audiences, to be interviewed about our work, to answer readers’ questions and chat to them face to face. I expect that writers get as much out of this experience as readers. We are often isolated in our working lives, and the opportunity to unchain oneself from the laptop and read and entertain booklovers is no small thing.
Liz Nugent – http://www.liznugent.ie/
LIVE Network is an initiative that creates links between the artist and communities often from isolated settings. It was an honour to take part in one such project in Longford reaching a group of people who without LIVE Network I would never have met. I read to a packed theatre, answered questions of local book groups and signed copies of my books for people aged from fifteen to eighty. This was art and entertainment in action reaching beyond the cities to those who are rarely afforded the opportunity to make such valued and enriching connections.
Anne Griffin – https://annegriffinwriter.com
As a supporter of regional based writers, of which I am one, Dani has allowed me to not only access a residency to begin work on a new play, her guidance and support also enabled me to submit an application to the Arts Council for an award. Dani is a tireless supporter of promoting regional writers and telling regional stories, she has shown this again and again through not only her curation work but her work in allowing writers such as myself gain access to resources which hitherto have been hard to access. Not only is Dani an extremely talented curator, she is a gifted poet and understands both sides of the artists’ journey. This network will allow new voices from oft times overlooked areas come to the mainstream.
John Connell Picador