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


Talking Trash: Listen to James' podcasts as writer in residence as he discusses writing a short screenplay  with Ailish Leavy. 

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3 

Go to related documents (on right hand side of this page) to read along with the podcast.

Previous events hosted by James as part of his residency include The Handmaid's Tale, A Tale of Two HandmaidsThe Future of Irish Animation and Memory Bank, A Reading of a New Screenplay by James Phelan.



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 worked on a film script and developed a podcast. There were lots of opportunities for the public to get involved throughout the residency.

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

Information on the current writer in residence can be found HERE


Writer in Residence Brief 2017-18