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Call for Writer and Artist in Residence

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Article by Alison Wells © 26 July 2018.
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Meath County Council invites applications for a Meath County Council for the period September 2018 to December 2018. These Residencies are managed by Meath County Council Library Service.

Closing date for receipt of applications is August 7th 2018 at 5:00pm

The residency is open to published writers working in any genre of fiction or poetry that has significant experience in delivering high quality writing experiences for children and young people.

The residency will fund a writer to work in primary schools and public libraries for 38 hours; 5 hours development time, 31 hours contact time, and 2 hours evaluation and documentation time.  The total fee, including travel and expenses and VAT, is €2,200 and the residency will span an 11-week period. The payment schedule will be 50% on commencement and 50% on completion of the residency and receipt of a short evaluation report.

It is a requirement of the residency that the writer spend 18 hours working with two selected schools and 13 hours delivering sessions for children based in Meath library branches. This is a part-time residency and will require flexibility around contact hours. It is a requirement of this residency that some of the contact hours are held in libraries during October, which is Children’s Book Festival month.

The residency will focus on the theme of Creativity and will have a particular emphasis on writing for children aged 8+.  The writer’s work may draw inspiration from this theme in a variety of ways.

From the applications received, a shortlist of writers may be invited to attend interview.

A facilitated planning session designed to enhance the project planning process will take place on September 13th. Further project development sessions can be scheduled between the writer and the teacher at the respective schools if necessary.

Further details available here.


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Alison Wells runs the Random Acts of Optimism blog and lives in Bray, Co. Wicklow with her husband and four children. Her short fiction been published in many magazines and online and print anthologies and she has been featured on Sunday Miscellany. Shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award, Bridport and Fish Prize's she has just completed a themed short story collection Random Acts of Optimism and a literary novel The Book of Remembered Possibilities. To read Alison's full blog, visit Head Above Water. Find out in her Random Acts of Optimism how she manages to juggle writing, children and life.

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