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Call for Writer in Residence June 2017 – May 2018

The closing date for this has now passed.

This writer in residence is managed by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Office and is grant-aided by the Arts Council. 

The residency is open to writers working in script-writing in any form (e.g. writing for stage, TV or film).  The theme this year is Ireland: The Future. The writer’s work may draw inspiration from this theme in a variety of ways.  The residency is envisaged as a part-time residency which will allow time for the writer’s own work in addition to engagement and interaction with both the general public and, more specifically, with those with an interest in writing themselves.

The writer in residence will focus on working in the dlr LexIcon in Dún Laoghaire and the writer in residence will have access to a room on the top floor of the new Central Library and Cultural Centre.

Applicants must live in, work in, be originally from or have studied a relevant discipline in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.

More information and full details of how to apply here

Selina Guinness was writer in residence at dlr LexIcon for the academic year 2015-16. 

Selina Guinness is a writer, editor, lecturer and farmer. She was born in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and continues to live and work in the county.  She lectures in English literature in the Humanities Department at IADT, and also farms sheep at Tibradden in the Dublin Mountains. Her memoir about life at Tibradden, The Crocodile by the Door, was published by Penguin Ireland in 2012, and shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards 2012 (Best Biography), and the Bord Gáis Energy Awards 2012 (Best Newcomer). During the residency she worked on her new novel.

Throughout her residency Selina also worked on the Pale Project, which included a series of workshops and events. She also hosted Salon Nights at the Studio, a brand new monthly series for writers and readers, focused on the world of Ireland’s ‘little magazines’.

Previous writers in residence have included Katy Hayes, Paul Perry and Katie Donovan.

The current Writer in Residence, Sarah Webb, is hosted by dlr Libraries. Read more


Writer in Residence Brief 2017-18