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Announcing the Cill Rialaig writers

Cill Rialaig

Announcing the Cill Rialaig writers

We are very happy to announce the seven writers who will go to Cill Rialaig from 4 – 14 October, 2019:Marie Breen-SmythSheila ArmstrongJune CaldwellCharleen HurtubiseKatherine MezzacappaOlivia FitzsimonsEmily S Cooper   Marie Breen-Smyth grew up in rural county Derry and has returned to live in Meenaclady Co Donegal and Clady near Portglenone having worked overseas since 2005. She is working on a memoir which includes encounters with relatives she has never met. Sheila Armstrong is a writer and editor from Sligo. She is working on her first collection of fiction. June Caldwell’s short story collection Room Little Darker was published in...

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Our new IWC Online Writer-in-Residence with HeadStuff

Online Writer-in-Residence

Our new IWC Online Writer-in-Residence with HeadStuff

The team here at the IWC is very happy to introduce Shirley-Anne McMillan as our new Online Writer-in-Residence in partnership with Headstuff! Shirley will be attending literary events and festivals, and report on the literary scene in Ireland. Her work will be published on Headstuff. Shirley-Anne McMillan is an author of contemporary Young Adult fiction. She lives in Co Down with her family where she writes, tutors, and works in the local Integrated school as an Alternative Chaplain. Shirley-Anne's third novel, Every Sparrow Falling, will be published by Atom in 2019.  

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Introducing Hilary Copeland as the IWC Acting Director

Introducing Hilary Copeland as the IWC Acting Director

We are very pleased to welcome Hilary Copeland to our team! Hilary will act as our new Acting Director, in Valerie Bistany's stead during her partial sabbatical year. Hilary Copeland has worked in arts management for over ten years, for festivals, arts and theatre companies and nonprofits in Edinburgh and Belfast. She has worked across business management, strategic planning, creative programming and event delivery. Hilary started her career in literature at the Stanza Poetry Festival and The Byre Theatre before joining the Programming Team at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. She has worked for clients including NI Science Festival, Kabosh, Culture...

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Introducing the Anam Cara / IWC Irish Language Bursary writers 2019

We are very pleased to introduce Máire Dinny Wren and Dave Duggan as the selected writers for the Anam Cara / IWC Irish Language Bursary 2019. They will be going on a week-long residency to the Anam Cara Writer's & Artist's Retreat to give them time and space to write or develop their work in Irish.   As Gaoth Dobhair i dTír Chonaill don fhile agus gearrscéalaí Máire Dinny Wren. D’fhoilsigh Coiscéim a céad bailiúchán filíochta, Ó Bhile go Bile, in 2011. In 2016, d’fhoilsigh Éabhlóid a céad cnuasacht gearrscéalta, Go mbeinnse choíche saor. Tá saothair léi foilsithe in irisí ar nós Duillí...

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Announcing the Cavan Writer-in-Residence

Announcing the Cavan Writer-in-Residence

We are thrilled to introduce Anthony J. Quinn: the newly appointed Cavan Writer-in-Residence. Anthony J Quinn lives in County Tyrone with his wife Clare and their four children. He is the author of eight novels, and currently teaches creative writing at Queen's University Belfast. His debut, Disappeared, was picked by The Times and the Daily Mail as one of the best novels of the year, and was shortlisted for a Strand Literary Award in the US.   The Cavan WIR is a new initiative, delivered in partnership with Cavan County Council Arts Office. 

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