Residencies, Retreats & Opportunities
Northern Soul Roadshow 2023
January 30, 2023
The Irish Writers Centre unveils Northern Soul Roadshow (NSR) which spotlights diverse and native writers from the North of Ireland in a programme that celebrates their writing. The programme, which is delivered across a series of creative writing events and workshops curated and facilitated by Fiona O’Rourke, exclusively features writers born in the North of Ireland and those who have moved there from further afield.
The weekly format comprises an event followed by a workshop, and the programme takes place online over 6 weeks from Saturday 18 February to Saturday 25 March, 2023. A showcase of new writing from the North from the twenty selected participants will take place at the final session, with a view that the writing produced over the six weeks is shared.
Writers from all over the island are warmly invited to take this opportunity to hone their craft in a supportive writing community of guest readings, lively Q&A discussions, and facilitated writing exercises. Readings of fiction, short story, historical fiction, crime fiction, poetry, spoken word, personal essay, creative nonfiction, and memoir will take place.
Fiona has put together a stellar line up of guest writers to share their process, including Martin Doyle, Neil Hegarty, Michael Hughes, Nandi Jola, Hilary McCollum, Raquel McKee, Malachi O'Doherty, Saakshi Patel, Anthony J Quinn, Stephen Sexton, Susan Tomaselli and Shannon Yee.
This iteration of NSR expands the original concept of its 2021 pilot programme, Northern Soul, also curated by Fiona. The Northern Soul Roadshow has now been developed to showcase the range of work and craft from diverse writers from the North of Ireland to bring their work to a new audience. NSR aims to spotlight writers who are working towards a more inclusive and sustainable society by focusing on writers from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds. We anticipate that the new writing arising from NSR will promote inclusion and create a cross-border writing community.
NSR is curated by writer-facilitator Fiona O’Rourke, in association with the Irish Writers Centre, and is funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland's National Lottery funding.
How to Apply:
Please register your interest using the following form.
Deadline to Apply:
Monday 30th January at 5pm
Fiona O’Rourke’s stories have been published, broadcast, and translated. Wrong Whiskey, a northern fiction, was a prize winner at the Fish International Short Story Award and is included on an undergrad reading list at Saint Mary’s College, California. Her debut novel Have You Found Luke? also a northern fiction, was a winner at the Irish Novel Fair, and new work is forthcoming in Fortnight magazine. Short stories have been published in The Lonely Crowd, The Waxed Lemon, Francis MacManus, and more. Since earning an MPhil in Creative Writing (TCD, 2015), she has curated writing events and facilitated writing communities at festivals, Irish Writers Centre, and libraries. She is a member of Women Aloud NI and a professional member and mentor at Irish Writers Centre.