Can you take us through a day in the life of Dani Gill.
Avocado, the good coffee, list making, a mind-map perhaps, a dip in the sea or ten mins of observing the sea, reading, more reading, literary research, a good chat with someone I like, constructive day dreaming, planning, end of day review, down time.
You have just successfully directed yet another Cúirt literature festival, how did you enter in to this industry?
I studied Arts and was engaged with the industry while still in college. I was very hungry to get involved and looked for all open doors and opportunities. I think to work in the Arts you need serious work ethic, it’s not the best paid industry and it’s one of the most physically and mentally demanding environments. ‘Entering’ it was a baptism of fire, if you don’t really want it, you won’t continue.
Do you have any other exciting projects in the pipeline?
Do you feel it’s important to boost awareness for the arts outside of the capital city?
Absolutely. I feel very passionate about Galway – making work here, engaging audiences, living a full life in the community. Galway has been called ‘the cultural heart of Ireland’, and I believe that is true.
One aspect of Above the Fold that we’re attempting to convey is that Ireland is buzzing with creativity. How do you feel your work has impacted upon Ireland’s cultural landscape?
I like to think that being a young director is encouraging for others to see. In the years that I began at Cúirt, many of my generation left Ireland. I am probably one of a few that stayed and did well. I still feel sad at the loss of talent from this country, but I have met peers working in the Arts and there are many returning now. I am hopeful that the creative vision of Ireland can be built by people who want to live here in the future and that we can harness our full creative power.
What advice would you give to someone starting off in this industry?
Be brave, be careful.
What Irish writer or creative do you think people should know about?
Creatives: Fergus Linehan
How would you like to see Galway grow from a creative perspective?
I would like to see the community of artists and practitioners who are based here to be given some security. This is the only way to ensure that we will make good work.
If we are sitting here a year from now celebrating what a good year it’s been for you, what did you achieve?
This is a tough question as I always have plans but I’m a big believer too in unforeseen opportunities that arise, so I’ll say: a successful year of developing my curation technique, more visibility as a teacher and as a writer, a new experience for audiences I serve, adding quality to that package.
What do you hope members of the audience will take away from your talk at Above The Fold?
Hopefully a sense of me and why I do what I do. Also, a fairly practical demonstration of how things work in terms of curation.