The Arts Council has a long-standing partnership with a number of Irish universities offering Writer-in-Residence/Fellowship positions to provide university students of Creative Writing MA and MFA programmes with an opportunity to work with and learn from a professional author of distinction, and to enable writers to develop their work while in a position of relative financial stability.
The Arts Council is pleased to announce the following Writer-in-Residence/Fellowship appointments for 2018/2019.
Danielle McLaughlin has been appointed as University College Cork’s Writer-in-Residence.
Her stories have appeared in newspapers and magazines such as The Stinging Fly, The Irish Times, Southword, and The New Yorker, and in various anthologies. Her debut collection of short stories Dinosaurs on Other Planets was published in Ireland by The Stinging Fly Press in 2015, and in the UK (John Murray), US (Random House) and Slovakia (Inaque) in 2016. In 2017, she was a Visiting Fellow at the Oscar Wilde Centre, Trinity College, Dublin. Together with writer and MA alumna Madeleine D’Arcy, she co-runs Fiction at the Friary, a free monthly fiction event in Cork which takes place at the Friary Bar, North Mall, on the last Sunday of every month.
Photo: Bobbie Hanvey
The Trinity College Dublin Writer Fellowship will be held by poet Mary O'Malley.
One of Ireland’s most distinguished poets, Mary O’Malley taught on MA programmes for Writing and Education in the Arts at NUI Galway for ten years, was Chair of Irish Studies at Villanova University in 2013, and has held Residencies in Paris, Tarragona, New York, NUI Galway, as well as in Derry, Belfast and Mayo. She served on the council of Poetry Ireland and was on the Committee of the Cúirt International Poetry Festival for eight years. She is a member of Aosdána and has won a number of awards for her poetry. She writes for RTE Radio and broadcasts her work regularly. Her latest collection, Playing the Octopus, was published in 2016.
Photo: Bríd O'Donovan
Sineád Gleeson has been appointed as Writing Fellow at University College Dublin.
Sinéad Gleeson’s essays have appeared in Granta, Winter Papers, Gorse and Banshee and Elsewhere Journal. Her short stories have been published in the anthologies Looking at the Stars, The Broken Spiral, Repeal the 8th and Being Various, Faber’s forthcoming collection of New Irish Writing (May 2019). She has had poems published in the anthologies Washing Windows? Irish Women Write Poetry, Autonomy and Reading the Future. She is the editor of three short anthologies, including the award-winning collections, The Long Gaze Back: an Anthology of Irish Women Writers (2015) and The Glass Shore: Short Stories by Women Writers from the North of Ireland (2016). Her debut book of essays, Constellations will be published by Picador in April 2019. She is currently writing a novel, which she will be working on as part of the Writer's Fellowship role at UCD.
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