Artists and musicians are paid ~£330 as a ‘Basic Income Allowance’ by the Irish government

Artists, musicians, writers, and performers in Ireland now receive a weekly ‘basic income’ of €325 ($329) from the Irish government.Originally announced in January 2022, the Basic Income for Artists plan is still in the works. Approximately €25 million ($23.3 million) will be spent on the initiative by the Minister for Culture and Arts. The program received over 9,000 applications, with 2,000 chosen. A random selection of participants was conducted to select those who would participate in the program. Most recipients will receive a three-year stipend, according to the BBC.The Irish Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media, Catherine Martin, set up the basic income initiative for those working in the arts.Several ways were suggested by the task force to help the arts recovery from the effects of the pandemic. It is a condition of joining the program that you participate in a research project to find out how the payments have been impacting the economy.

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The way of contemporary artists is an illusory world of fragile and shifting forms.

6.09.2022 Maria Bregman is a journalist, writer and contemporary art researcher.

In our shimmering, colourful world, the illusory strokes put us into a state of spirituality and flight shaping works of contemporary artists, designers, ceramicists and photographers.

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Maria Bregman spoke at Literary Events at the Queen Mary Rose Gardens

The guest of the club was the talent writer Maria Bregman. During her reading in the Queen Mary Garden, she read excerpts from her new book “Merging with Light” and discussed her characters and plots with readers who attended. There was a lot of interest among readers in meeting the author, learning more about her work, and getting to know her.

Audience members were given a peek behind the scenes of the creative process as the writers discussed life, poetry and prose.

During the event, no seat was empty: people from all walks of life were eager to hear their favorite authors read from their latest works.

During the meeting, writers signed books and talked to everyone in the audience despite their busy schedules. After the readings, the writers answered readers’ questions and discussed literature and reading in today’s society. Authors were available to speak with the audience. Everyone who was there had an interesting experience, making London the literary capital of the world and a true testament to the quality of writing in the city.

A real celebration of literature took place at the Literary Meetings in London.

London’s Glagol literary club will continue to hold its Literary Meetings, which are so popular with readers of all ages.

There is something for everyone at the Literary Meetings, whether you are a reader or not. Get ready for the Queen Mary Rose Gardens next month and mark the date in your diary.

Correspondent Evan Harvey, Literature Initiative


Costa Book Awards to end after 50 years

The cafe chain pulls plug on annual literature prizes, and there are no plans for it to be taken over by a new sponsor

The Costa Book Awards have been dissolved after 50 years, as organisers refuse to seek another sponsor.

Established in 1971 as the Whitbread Book Awards, the prize, celebrating literary works popular with the reading public, has been sponsored by cafe chain Costa since 2006.

The company has announced that it has ended the Costa Book Awards, and that “there are currently no plans for it to be taken over” by another sponsor, effectively dissolving the 50-year-old prize.

Costa has also said that there are no plans to revive the awards, which have promoted popular fiction, poetry, and biography, and steered the literary market in the UK.

Correspondent Evan Harvey, Literature Initiative


Students react to GCSE English Literature Paper 2022

Hands up who was expecting a question about Lady Macbeth…

Well, that’s the second English Literature paper finished. So, how did everyone find it?

Shoulders left some students feeling all choked up, and Macbeth’s fears were harder to pinpoint than Rome’s love.

The Literature GCSE offers learners the opportunity to read, interpret, evaluate and respond to a range of literature in English.

Correspondent Evan Harvey, Literature Initiative

Manchester Festival of Libraries returns for its second year

The yearly celebration of Manchester’s libraries is back, for its second year, with approximately 100 free events across Greater Manchester that will take place from 15 June to 19 June.

The Festival of Libraries, organised by Manchester City of Literature and supported by Manchester City Council, offers residents from all corners of Greater Manchester the opportunity to discover a world of culture and creativity right on their doorstep.

This year, there are roughly 100 vibrant events happening in Greater Manchester’s public libraries and special libraries. 20 of these events will take place in Manchester’s public libraries.

The Festival of Libraries programme this year will take place in internationally renowned institutions from Manchester’s rich tapestry of heritage libraries, including Central Library, with its impressive status as the busiest public library in the country, in addition to Chetham’s, The Portico, and John Ryland’s and Manchester Poetry Library.

In tandem with this, Family Fun Days are taking place on Saturday 18 June in Forum Library, Longsight Library and North City Library. On 19 June, to coincide with Manchester Day, there will be a See Myself in Books Sunday Funday at Manchester Central Library. See Myself in Books is an initiative launched by Read Manchester and Manchester City Council to increase the diversity of children’s literature and to ensure characters come from a wide range of backgrounds.

Correspondent Evan Harvey, Literature Initiative

Indian writers expand cooperation with UK

Starting this week, PKF is hosting The Write Circle series of events with Abhigyan Prakash and Barkha Dutt to connect Indian authors with a select audience in some of the cities in UK.

“We are very happy to be back with live in-person events. Though virtual events have their benefits, physical events have their own charm as it builds memorable connections and treasured moments between the author/artiste and the audience,” said Sundeep Bhutoria, Managing Trustee, Prabha Khaitan Foundation.

PKF will host thought-provoking literary sessions with eminent personalities in the UK from the current week onward. The interactive sessions will feature eminent personalities from the field of literature, art, culture, entertainment and performing arts. With the easing of Covid restrictions live in-person events are once again in vogue.

Correspondent Evan Harvey, Literature Initiative

The Warner Brothers Harry Potter books and films.

Look behind the scenes of the Harry Potter books and films and follow in the footsteps of your favourite characters on a magical full-day trip to Warner Brothers Studios from central London.

Are you a fan of the Harry Potter books and films? Have you ever wanted to visit the Warner Brothers Studios and see where it all happened? Well, now you can!

A special, one-day trip to the Warner Brothers Studios is now available, where you can follow in the footsteps of your favourite characters and explore the magical world that was created on the big screen.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the behind-the-scenes of the Harry Potter films and learn all about the making of the movies. So don’t miss out.

This magical tour starts with a visit to the Great Hall, where you can sit down to a Butterbeer in the very same spot where Harry, Ron and Hermione did. You“ll also get to explore Dumbledore”s office, the potions classroom, the Gryffindor common room and much more. After lunch, you“ll board the Hogwarts Express and head to Harry”s adopted home, 4 Privet Drive.

Maria Bregman’s books are presented at a book exhibition on Red Square

Among the biggest literary events of the year, this year“s book fair was particularly noteworthy for Maria Bregman”s books.

A collection of short stories set in Chelnovaia will be available for visitors to buy and read at the book fair.

Chelnova is a small Russian village near Smolensk, and the book tells the story of its inhabitants and their daily struggles.

There have been a number of awards and recognitions for the work of Maria Bregman at book fairs. In addition to being published in the prestigious publication “News female kind”, which was also presented at the book fair on Red Square, one of the writer“s latest short stories ‘Baba Tonya” won one of the highest awards of the “New Amazons’ competition for the best women”s story.

Baba Toni is a mystical and powerful figure who has the gift of healing people, and who passes along her knowledge to the girl in “Baba Tonya”, a novel in which a girl spends the summer with the gifted woman Baba Toni in the village of Chelnovaya.

The writer’s new book, due to be published by a Russian publisher, will feature new short stories about Chelnova that have already appeared in magazines and almanacs and received rave reviews.

Maria Bregman writes beautifully and poetically, and her portrayal of the harsh Russian winter and Russian forest is both stunning and accurate. Readers are drawn into the lives and concerns of her characters because they are complex and believable.

Definitely a book you won“t want to put down once you”ve finished it, and I recommend it highly to anyone looking for a good read.

A previous story by Maria Bregman was “Not an Accidental Encounter”, which appears in the book “Merging with Light”. An important crisis is depicted in the story, which takes place in a fictional town.

One of Russia“s most promising young writers, Maria Bregman graduated from the Gorky Literature Institute”s Higher Literary Courses. There is both a psychological depth and a depth of insight in her work, as well as an elegant but accessible prose style.

Maria Bregman‘s work has been recognized by the Union of Russian Writers and she is a member. In addition to translating her story, “Baba Tonya” has also been published in Chinese.

Having had the opportunity to meet this talented and friendly writer, it has been a pleasure getting to know her.

Correspondent Evan Harvey, Literature Initiative

Evening with translators Larissa Volohhonskaia and Richard Piver at the Pushkin House on 8 June

On 8 June the Pushkin House hosted an evening with translators Larissa Volohhonskaia and her husband Richard Piver, who will present their translation of a collection of plays by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin. They read extracts from two plays from The Little Tragedies: “A Feast in the Time of the Plague” and “The Miserly Knight”, which are still relevant today, raising themes of pandemics and wars. We also heard an excerpt from the translation of The Captain’s Daughter. All the works chosen by the translators raise fundamental ethical questions.

Correspondent Evan Harvey, Literature Initiative