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March 21 to 24, 2013

The countdown is on to the third annual Waterford Writers' Weekend, which takes place at venues across the city this weekend, March 21 to 24.

The city will be awash with literary talent as 32 authors, journalists and bloggers take to various venues across the city to share their knowledge, stories and skills.

Commenting on the upcoming weekend, Katherine Collins, Festival Director for the Waterford Writers' Weekend said, "We are delighted to be counting down the days to this year's Waterford Writers' Weekend. The programme this year is the biggest ever that we have hosted both in terms of numbers but also in the scope and variety of the speakers and events. We look forward to welcoming literary audiencesyoung and old to the city, there really is something for all tastes and pockets from our free events programme to workshops to children's storytelling and more. All of the details are on the festival website http://www.waterfordwritersweekend.ie"

The festival in particular hosts a series of wonderful panel discussion events and workshops; opening this series on Friday, March 22 at 1pm is ‘Making Social Media Work for You'. In today's competitive market everyone, from small businesses to emerging writers, needs to build their profile and this panelwill give great advice on how to achieve that profile using social media. The panel features Ireland's most successful self-publisher Catherine Ryan Howard along with Derbhile Graham, Derek Flynn and Orla Shanaghy.

On Friday evening at 5.30pm three successful self-publishers, Catherine Ryan Howard, Hazel Gaynor and Sheena Lambert, will all take to the podium and discuss ‘Going Indie: Self Publishing Success' at Sabai Restaurant.

On Saturday afternoon Ireland's top bloggers will gather to share their tips and knowledge at ‘To Blog or Not to Blog' at 1 p.m. at the Medieval Museum. This panel includes Mona Wise award winning food blogger and journalist with TheSunday Times who will be joined by Mark Graham, the award winning Year of Festivals blogger, Anna Carey of beaut.ie and author and blogger Hazel Gaynor.

Also on Saturday afternoon, script writers from RTE Kieran Grimes & Clare Dowling and Director Ferdia McAnna along with Blinder Film's Rioghnach Ni Ghrioghair will discuss the various routes the panelists took to start their successful careers during the ‘Breaking into Script & Screen' at 3.30pm at Greyfriars.

Sunday afternoon's panel focuses on ‘Breaking into Journalism'. Mary Frances Ryan, editor of the Waterford News & Star, investigative journalist and author Robyn Swan, Mona Wise of The Sunday Times and Ian Noctor of WLRFM will discuss how to get your name on that byline at Greyfriars from 3pm.

The festival also hosts a series of author sessions, writing workshops and an action packed programme especially created for young audiences and a full programme of free events.

Some of the top names not to be missed include novelist and dramatist Dave Duggan, best selling author Kate Kerrigan, inspiring fundraiser and author Debbie Deegan and Waterford's very own Jim Power who will pose the question ‘Ireland in Europe; A Marriage on the Rocks?' on Friday, March 22 at 7pm at Greyfriars.

A not to be missed Sunday session for all sports fans will take place at the Waterford Writers' Weekend on March 24 when ‘The Memory Man' Jimmy Magee takes to the stage at the Medieval Museum where he will be in conversation with Matt Keane.

In all some thirty-two authors, journalists and bloggers will host readings, writing workshops, debates and discussions for avid readers, novice writers, children and anyone with an interest in the magic of books.

Full details of the Waterford Writers' Weekend can be found at waterfordwritersweekend.ie and in the festival programme, available in Central Library, Lady Lane and other outlets.

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