David Park Supports #SaveCultureNI
Acclaimed novelist praises popular arts website for 'energetically highlighting the work of new artists across all genres... I am personally indebted to it'
David Park, one of Northern Ireland's most respected and successful novelists, has given his support to the #SaveCultureNI campaign, after the Arts Council of Northern Ireland withdrew funding for Northern Ireland's most popular arts website.
'Culture NI has played a vital and central role in our flourishing arts scene,' argues Park, 'and has been a unifying and nurturing force in what otherwise would be fragmented and disparate.
'It has promoted both established artists, and perhaps more importantly, energetically highlighted the work of new artists across all genres.
'I am personally indebted to it, both for its continued interest in my own work and for introducing me to so many other creative artists and wonderful events.
'I very much hope the necessary funding can be found for it to continue and I am certain that our cultural life would be much poorer without it.'
Park is the author of several novels, including The Truth Commissioner (2008) and, most recently, The Poets' Wives, which was chosen as the focus for the 2014 One City One Book reading initiative in Belfast.