Protest at funding cuts to Irish Writers' Centre

<p>Irish novelists and poets, including three Booker prize winners, are protesting at funding cuts to the Irish Writers&#39; Centre, which currently receives E200,000 (&pound;179,000) from the region&#39;s Arts Council.<br /><br />John Banville, Roddy Doyle, Anne Enright and Sebastian Barry have been joined by international writers such as Richard Ford and Will Self, in calling for the financial support to be &quot;reinstated urgently&quot;, <em>The Guardian</em> says.<br /><br />The Irish Writers&#39; Centre, which Seamus Heaney has called &quot;a part of the literary culture&quot; and Boyne &quot;a part of the fabric of literature in Ireland&quot;, works to develop and foster new Irish writing, providing a space for literary events, festivals and courses, as well as a home for a host of writers&#39; groups.<br /><br />The decision to terminate its funding meant that access to these resources would be lost, &quot;leaving the next generation of Irish authors in a vacuum and having to look elsewhere for guidance and development&quot;, <em>The Guardian</em> reported.<br /><br />The Arts Council said it would not comment on individual cases.</p>