At the Galway 2020 premises on Thursday 18 October, we launched our project, Let the Stories Be Told. This project is funded under the Small Towns Big Ideas initiative.
The overall aim of the project is to publish a special issue of Skylight 47 magazine in 2019. This issue will focus on writing that aligns with the three main themes of Galway 2020: Language, Landscape, and Migration.
Our editorial team (Bernie Crawford, Nicki Griffin, and Ruth Quinlan) want to extend the platform of a print literary magazine to more people through the special issue. In addition to the usual magazine, there will be an eight-page supplement to showcase writing from under-represented groups from Galway City and County who have not had their work published extensively. It will feature memoir, short fiction, poetry and visual art. Submissions to the supplement will be open to participants from creative writing groups in Galway City and County who identify themselves as under-represented in print media.
In addition, the editors will work closely with up to three selected groups, providing each group with skilled creative writing facilitation. The criteria for a creative writing group to be included in the project are that groups should be based in Galway City or County, identify as under-represented in existing print media, and have a special interest in creative writing.
All contributors to the special issue and supplement will be invited to the launch of the magazine in September 2019 to read their contribution before an audience. In addition each contributor will receive a free copy of the magazine. The magazine will then be distributed throughout Galway City and County.
Groups or writing facilitators wishing to participate in the project should email the editors at firstname.lastname@example.org to express their interest.