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 Éireann, Comhar, an tUltach, Feasta, Poblachd nam Bàrd The Bramley, Strokestown Poetry Anthology 3 agus tá ceithre scéal dá cuid sa chnuasacht Go dtí an lá bán a d’fhoilsigh Éabhlóid in 2012.
Tá go leor duaiseanna liteartha bronnta ar Mháire thar na mblianta, ina measc, comórtas filíochta Focail Aniar Aduaidh a bhuaigh sí in 2017 leis an dán ‘An Fidléir’. In 2016 bronnadh duais Ó Pheann na nGael uirthi. Bhuaigh sí Comórtas Filíochta Uí Néill in 2011 agus bhí dán dá cuid ar an ghearrliosta do Dhuais de hÍde in 2019.
Bronnadh duais Fhoras na Gaeilge ar Mháire in 2010 ag Féile Scríbhneoirí Lios Tuathail don ghearrscéal ‘Ag Téarnamh chun Baile’. Bhain gearrscéal dá cuid ‘Cosmhuintir’ duais sa chomórtas Splancfhicsean a rith Áras Scríbhneoirí na hÉireann i gcomhair le IMRAM agus Books Ireland in 2015.
I 2013 rinne Drama on One léiriúchán den scéal ‘Thar an Tairseach’ agus craoladh é ar RTÉ Raidió 1 ar Lá Fhéile Pádraig na bliana sin. Bhí an léiriúchán sin ar an ghearrliosta don Dráma Raidió is Fearr ag an Prix Europa i mBeirlín in 2013.
Tá sí ag obair ar a dara cnuasacht filíochta.
The writer Máire Dinny Wren is from Gaoth Dobhair in Co. Donegal. She writes poetry and short stories. Coiscéim published her first collection of poetry, Ó Bhile go Bile, in 2011. Éabhlóid published her collection of short stories, Go mbeinnse choíche saor, in 2016. Her work has been published in Duillí Éireann, Comhar, an tUltach, Feasta, Poblachd nam Bàrd The Bramley, Strokestown Poetry Anthology 3 and four of her stories were published by Éabhlóid in the short story collection, Go dtí an lá bán in 2012.
Máire has won many literary prizes over the years, including Comórtas Filíochta Uí Néill in 2011, the Gael Linn poetry competition Ó Pheann na nGael in 2016, comórtas filíochta Focail Aniar Aduaidh/North West Words in 2017. One of her poems was on the short list for Duais de hÍde in 2019.
She was the winner of duais Fhoras na Gaeilge at Listowel Writers’ Week in 2010 with her short story ‘Ag Téarnamh chun Baile’. Her story ‘Cosmhuintir’ was one of 5 winning stories in the Áras Scríbhneoirí na hÉireann, Books Ireland, IMRAM flash fiction competition in 2015.
An adaption of her short story ‘Thar an Tairseach’ was broadcast for Drama on One on RTÉ radio and was shortlisted for Prix Europa in 2013.
She is currently working on her second poetry collection.
Is úrscéalaí agus drámadóir é Dave Duggan, a bhfuil cónaí air i nDoire. D’fhoilsigh Cló Iar Chonnacht a úrsceal i nGaeilge, MAKARONIK, i 2018. Tá a shaothar amharclainne curtha ar stáitse in Éirinn, Dún Éadainn, Learpholl, Nua-Eabhrac agus san Afganastáin. Scríobh sé Gruagairí (2007), a bhuaigh gradam ón Stewart Parker Trust. Scríobh sé drámaí raidio, i nGaeilge agus i mBéarla, do RTÉ agus BBC, ina measc a sraith ar-líne Comhairleoirí (2011). I measc a shaothair fá choinne scannán agus teilifís tá Dance Lexie Dance (Raw Nerve Productions, 1996), a fuair ainmniúchán do na Oscars. Tá trí úrscéil i mBéarla aige: The Greening of Larry Mahon (Guildhall Press, 2004), A Sudden Sun (Guildhall Press, 2012) agus OAK AND STONE (Merdog Books, 2019). Tá blag aige ag breathingwithalimp.co.uk
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Dave Duggan was born in London, raised in Waterford, and lives in Derry. He is a novelist and dramatist, writing in English and in Irish.
He is the author of the novels MAKARONIK le Dave Duggan (Cló Iar Chonnacht, 2018) and OAK AND STONE (Merdog Books, May 2019).
Guildhall Press published his novels, The Greening of Larry Mahon (2004) and A Sudden Sun, (2012). They also published the play text, DENIZEN, in 2014 and RELATED LIVES - an imagined memoir (2016).
His film and on-line work includes the Oscar nominated Dance Lexie Dance (Raw Nerve Productions, 1996). His political comedy, Comhairleoirí, went on-line for BBC in 2011. He wrote the pilot episode for Na Deich nAitheanta (Ulysses Films, 2010).
In 2013 he wrote A Fare Play for Voices for BBC Radio 4, with Amanda Burton, Bronagh Gallagher and Alan Wright. Other radio dramas include Everyone's Got A Mountain To Climb, for RTÉ (World Play, 2009), also broadcast by BBC World Service. He adapted his stage play Riders to the Road (after Synge's Riders to the Sea) for RTÉ radio drama (2011).
His most recent stage plays are: DENIZEN (CE, 2015), which toured court-houses and MAKARONIK (Aisling Ghéar, 2014), which toured Ireland. He wrote the stage comedy, with jazz, CHEZZIE’S CHANCE (Blue Eagle Productions, 2018), which featured at the City of Derry 2018 Jazz Festival and ran again in 2019.
He wrote Cú Dé (The Abbey Theatre, rehearsed reading, 2009). Other stage plays include Spike Dreams (Playhouse Derry, 2003), Bubbles in the Hot-Tub (Blue Eagle Productions, 2007), Doctor Watt's Squeezebox (Lilliput Theatre Company, 2008) and Gruagairí (Aisling Ghéar, 2007) for which he was awarded a Stewart Parker Trust Award.
He wrote seven plays for Sole Purpose Productions between 1996 and 2007, published as Plays in a Peace Process (Guildhall Press, 2008). Included in this collection is AH 6905 (2005), produced in Afghanistan in 2008. Still, The Blackbird Sings (Playhouse Derry, 2010) completed a national tour, including a week's run at The Project, Dublin. He was writer/director on Gerald Donaghey-Unfinished Business, for The Pat Finucane Centre and The Bloody Sunday Trust (2012). He wrote and directed McLaughlins 100, (Bluebell Arts, 2013) a site specific theatre event and film, which was premiered at Foyle Film Festival. Still, the Blackbird Sings received a script-in-hand production and tour of non-theatre venues (CE, 2016).
He was awarded a Major Arts Award by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland in 2010. Dave runs workshop sessions for, among others, the University of Ulster, The Nerve Centre and numerous community and writers' groups.