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Cill Rialaig Residency 2021 Awardees

Cill Rialaig Residency 2021 Awardees

We're delighted to announce the 7 awardees of our Cill Rialaig Residencies 2021. We received many applications of a very high standard this year, all of which were reviewed and finalists selected by judges David Butler and Éilís Ní Dhuibhne. Michelle Gallen was born in Northern Ireland in the mid-1970s and grew up during the Troubles a few miles from the border between what she was told was the “Free” State and the “United” Kingdom. She studied English literature at Trinity College Dublin, then survived what doctors now suspect was autoimmune encephalitis in her mid-twenties. Her debut novel, Big Girl, Small Town was...

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Gavin Corbett, Cauvery Madhavan and Neil Hegarty Announced as the Novel Fair 2022 Judges

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Gavin Corbett, Cauvery Madhavan and Neil Hegarty Announced as the Novel Fair 2022 Judges

Gavin Corbett, Cauvery Madhavan and Neil Hegarty Announced as the Novel Fair 2022 Judges We are delighted to announce the judges of Novel Fair 2022. Gavin Corbett, Cauvery Madhavan and Neil Hegarty are set to judge the international writing competition this year. Novel Fair offers unpublished writers the chance to pitch their manuscripts directly to top publishers and agents from across Ireland and the UK. The Novel Fair judges will sift through entries from all over the world to select 12 finalists to take part in what has been described as a ‘Dragon’s Den for writers’. Each of the Novel Fair judges will bring a wealth...

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Opportunities & Competitions: September 2021

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Opportunities & Competitions: September 2021

 Each month we update our Competitions & Submissions page to ensure that we are connecting our writers with the best upcoming opportunities.  Here are a few we wanted to highlight this September!  Kavanagh Fellowship 2021 Deadline: 10th September 2021 The Trustees of the Estate of Katherine Kavanagh intend to offer the Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship, normally of up to €8,000, again in 2021. The Fellowship is specifically for Irish poets in their middle years. Poets in order to be eligible must have published a substantial body of work, and show that they are in particular need of assistance. The Moth...

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Opportunities & Competitions: August 2021

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Opportunities & Competitions: August 2021

Each month we update our Competitions & Submissions page to ensure that we are connecting our writers with the best upcoming opportunities.  Here are a few we wanted to highlight this August!  The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award  Deadline: 19th August 2021 The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award for a first unpublished collection of poems in English is open to poets, born in the island of Ireland, or of Irish nationality, or long term resident in Ireland. Other previous winners include Eileán Ni Chuilleanáin, Paul Durcan, Thomas McCarthy, Peter Sirr, Sinead Morrissey, Conor O’Callaghan, Celia de Freine and Joseph Woods. The award will be presented...

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IWC/WCLF Young Writer Delegates Showcase

West Cork Literary Festival Young Writer Delegates

IWC/WCLF Young Writer Delegates Showcase

Now in our fourth year, the Young Writer Delegate Programme has partnered with the West Cork Literary Festival for the first time. At this showcase, our four selected IWC/WCLF Young Writer Delegates will share some of the creative work developed during the festival with their mentor Eimear Ryan. This year’s Young Writer Delegates are Ava Lynch, Shane Murphy, Niamh O’Connell and Ross Walsh. Join us for a lunch time reading, hosted on Zoom on Friday 23rd July at 1pm. Register for free here. 

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