Writers in prisons scheme

Closing date: Ongoing

Maximum awarded: €1000

Artform & practices: Arts participation, Literature (English language), Literature (Irish language)

Applicant type: Individual artist

Collaborative application possible? No

External agency: Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform

External agency web address:

Contact: Veronica Hoen

Position: Coordinator, Writers in Prison Scheme

Email: vmhoen@ipsedu.ie

Operated by Prison Education Service

This scheme is co-funded by the Arts Council and the Department of Justice, Equality and Reform and administered by the Prison Education Service. Please note that this award may be subject to different conditions and criteria than the awards directly administered by the Arts Council. Requests for information or application forms should be directed to the Prison Education Service.  


This scheme provides financial support to selected published writers to conduct workshops or readings in the education units or libraries in any of the Republic’s prisons. Readings or workshops can be one to two hours in duration. A reading may be a one-off visit, and a workshop may be a series of visits (five to six per year) depending on the needs or requirements of the teacher, school or librarian. The average awarded per workshop is €1,000. A panel of interested and suitably qualified writers is in place. Individuals interested in being on the panel should contact the coordinator. Inclusion on the panel does not guarantee work.


None. Applications are accepted throughout the academic year.

Contact details

Veronica Hoen


Writers in Prisons Scheme

Education Unit

Email: vmhoen@ipsedu.ie

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