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On 9 November 2011, Literature Ireland celebrated the release of POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE, eight postcards featuring black and white photographs of some of Ireland's leading writers, situated in their places of work in Ireland. We marked the launch of this striking initiative in the Trinity College Long Room Hub, a new space dedicated to creative and exciting ideas and projects.
ILE commissioned the photographer, Richard Gilligan, to visit each writer in his/her work space and to photograph them as beautifully and as sensitively as possible. The writers selected have all had books published in translation with support from ILE in recent months. Initiated as a pilot series, ILE hopes, funding permitting, to follow next year with further collections of postcards to include images of Ireland's leading poets, playwrights, children's writers and novelists.
Mr Jimmy Deenihan, TD, Minister for the Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht, launched the project and the writer Anne Enright (who is also a member of the board of ILE) gave a magnificent and thought-provoking speech on how, with the help of organisations such as ILE, the international profile of contemporary Irish writers has changed and improved.
In the coming months and into 2012, the postcards will be available for free at literature festivals both in Ireland and abroad. They will also be distributed at major international book fairs (Frankfurt, London, Beijing and Moscow). Irish embassies around the world will also make them available at the cultural events that they organise throughout the year. It is hoped the postcards will have a broad appeal, arousing interest from foreign publishers and tourists, from avid book readers and curious members of the public.