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Inaugural ‘Storyhouse’ storytelling event to take place at the Light House Cinema

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Inaugural ‘Storyhouse’ storytelling event to take place at the Light House Cinema

Storyhouse to champion storytelling…

A new annual festival Storyhouse aims to champion, cultivate and celebrate the art of storytelling for the screen will be held in Dublin’s Light House Cinema on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 March 2024.

Speakers announced today for the inaugural Storyhouse include Tony Mcnamara (Poor Things, The Favourite, The Great), screenwriter Arthur Harari (Anatomy of a Fall), two of Britain’s most exciting new voices, Molly Manning Walker (How to Have Sex) and Charlotte Regan (Scrapper), as well as novelist and screenwriter David Nicholls (One Day, Patrick Melrose) and writer-director Ali Abbasi (Holy Spider, Border).

Storyhouseis a not-for-profit initiative of Element Pictures (producers of Poor Things, The Favourite,Normal People and Room). Itis a unique opportunity for new and established diverse writers and industry professionals to benefit from in-depth interviews, panels and case studies from some of the very best international creators of stories for the screen. The festival is supported by Screen Ireland, Fremantle and Element Pictures and is produced in association with the Light House Cinema. This inaugural event will be produced by Lara Hickey and Charlene Lydon. 

In parallel with the main event Storyhouse is also issuing a call out to new and developing screenwriters, inviting them to apply to take part in STORYHOUSE LAB, the first iteration of a unique interactive programme. The LAB will provide a small cohort of emerging writers with complimentary access to all STORYHOUSE events as well as additional focussed sessions with our guests under the mentorship of BAFTA and IFTA winning TV and film screenwriter Malcolm Campbell (What Richard Did, Bad Sisters). The participants in this group will be carefully selected to promote new, diverse, inclusive and gender balanced voices.  

 Storyhouse will announce more speakers along with a full programme in the coming weeks. 

Storyhouse founder and Element co-CEO, Ed Guiney commented:

“I have long nurtured the idea of establishing an annual festival of screenwriting in Dublin – bringing the best writers and screen storytellers in the world to our city. I’m delighted with our initial line-up of amazing talent and I hope that the participants at STORYHOUSE will be inspired and emboldened by first-hand accounts of the joys and challenges of writing and making brilliant scripts.

“I also believe there is an incredible opportunity for Ireland – given its rich literary heritage – to become a world centre of excellence for screenwriting and I hope the festival will help inspire, empower and catalyse a new and diverse generation of Irish based writers to create, develop and produce their stories for a global audience.” 

Tickets will go on sale on Monday 26th February at 9am through Eventbrite and details can be found on the Storyhouse website. www.storyhouseireland.com  

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