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Writer in Residence June 2017 – May 2018

James Phelan

dlr  Arts Office is delighted to host James Phelan as the writer in residence in dlr LexIcon for 2017-18. This year's residency focuses on screen writing and the theme of the future.


The Future of Irish Animation

1st March @ 7.30pm in dlr LexIcon

Admission free, booking on eventbrite

An evening with some of the leading companies and creatives behind Ireland's animation boom and what the future holds for this exciting cultural sector.

As Ireland steadily cements its' reputation for being a world class centre for animation, what are the opportunities, possibilities and pitfalls ahead?

Hosted by dlr LexIcon writer in residence James Phelan, this event presents an opportunity to gain rare insight into the working lives and creative processes of animation professionals at the cutting edge of where traditional storytelling meets digital advancement.


Talking Trash: Listen to James' first podcast as writer in residence as he discusses writing a short with Ailish Leavy. Click here to listen. 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