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dlr Arts Office is delighted to have screenwriter James Phelan as the 2017-18 writer in residence

Memory Bank

Studio, dlr LexIcon

Sat 19th May, 7.30pm

A table read of an original screnplay by dlr LexIcon writer in residence James Phelan. This event will feature established actors bringing this futuristic thriller from the page onto the studio stage for a rehearsed reading. The script is a first draft of the screenplay James Phelan was commissioned to write during his residency year. 

Memory Bank is set in Ireland in 2060 where a female detective trades in shared memory to solve crimes. As she investigates the company behind the new technology, old ghosts and secrets rise from her past to threaten her future. 

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Talking Trash: Listen to James' podcasts as writer in residence as he discusses writing a short with Ailish Leavy. Click here to listen to the first episode and here to hear the second. Go to related documents (on right hand side of this page) to read along with the podcast.



James Phelan is a professional screenwriter based in Blackrock. He has just won the 2017 IFTA for Best Script Drama for Wrecking The Rising, a three part TV historical time-travel comedy drama which aired on TG4 to universal critical approval.

He is also the creator of legal drama Striking Out for RTÉ which broadcast recently to impressive viewing figures and critical acclaim in both Ireland and America. His other work for TG4 includes the seven-part hit series Galway Races. The series won an IFTA, with James also nominated  for his script-writing for the show. He later penned the entire second series Galway Races 2, earning an equally positive reaction from both viewers and reviewers. He garnered an Irish Writers' Guild Zebbie nomination for the second season.

James’ slate of animation work includes Oddbods, the hit children’s comedy TV series for One Animation/Boomerang TV, and also Cuby Zoo.

During the residency James is planning to work on a film script and develop a podcast. There will be lots of opportunities for the public to get involved throughout the residency.

Previous writers in residence include Sarah Webb, Selina Guinness and Colm Keegan.



Writer in Residence Brief 2017-18