The Linenhall Library, Belfast is certainly doing its bit for writers with a festival in May and a writing competition currently accepting submissions. Wouldn't it be a treat to walk through these magnificent doors?
Writers on Writers Festival 2014 - this looks really interesting, and it's free entry (but you do need to make a reservation). Monday 12th- Thursday 15th May - workshops, talks and debates. It features Sinead Morrissey, Glenn Patterson, Martin Lynch, Anne Devlin, Deirdre Cartmill, Dan Gordon, Martin Mooney and Jo Egan. For further details of events see here
Michael McLaverty Short Story Award 2014 - the biennial short story competition returns again this year. So, start writing. Open to Irish writers only (Northern Ireland or Republic of Ireland).