Verbal Arts publishing and events activities aim to:

  • Support writers to showcase their work and develop new audiences
  • Commission new work for circulation through Reading Rooms
  • Commission critical responses to reading
  • Promote literature initiatives and success stories in Northern Ireland

Audience development opportunities

Our programme provides accessible, entry-free audience development opportunities for artists to write and perform through a range of formats and channels, including:

  • Online publishing
  • Festivals
  • Readings
  • Thematic mini-tours

Verbal publishing

Lagan Online publishes a monthly newsletter and operates as website and social media platform. Lagan Online includes interviews, reviews, and literary news. It commissions new writing as well as showcasing new work and promoting an annual list of 12 writers across all genres from within Northern Ireland.

Honest Ulsterman publishes quarterly online. Each issues has range of articles, interviews, and features. The magazine has an open submission poetry and short story element which gives many writers, both established and emerging, a platform for their work.

Click on the images below for the latest issues.

Lagan online collage                   Honest Ulsterman collage

Verbal events

SBOOKY Halloween
, a story-based weekend-long series of family friendly activities to encourage literacy, literature, and a love of reading

                  Children at summer scheme

BOOKCAMP, a week-long summer scheme for children that takes a work of children's literature and creatively explores verbal, visual, and performance opportunities.

We support local, national, and international events including:

  • World Reading Aloud Day
  • World Book Day
  • International Children's Book Day
  • Poetry Day (World, Ireland, and UK)
  • World Book Night
  • Culture Night
  • Positive Ageing Month