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Dromineer-Nenagh Literary Festival seeks Writer In Residence 2019

Article by ERMurray © 15 April 2019.
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Application deadline: 7th May 2019

Commencing Summer 2019 and continuing until the festival, which runs from the 2-6 October 2019.

Dromineer-Nenagh Literary Festival seeks a Writer in Residence for 2019.  Expressions of interest are welcomed from experienced writers across all genres (Fiction, Non-fiction, Short Stories, Poetry, Spoken Word, Memoir, Songwriting/Composition, Play/Script writing).  We are particularly interested in writers who can work creatively to engage the local community and who have experience of socially engaged practice in community or healthcare settings (not schools).  We are aiming for this year’s Writer in Residence to work with and encourage the imaginations of either adults or young people as well as to develop their own work.


Dromineer-Nenagh Literary Festival aims to create the intimacy of a small festival with big ideas. It celebrates the best of contemporary literary arts and connects writers and readers via an artistic programme that stimulates, provokes and entertains in unique settings.

The festival features experienced writers and artists and emerging ones. They represent the best creative talent internationally, nationally and locally. The programme is curated with consideration for themes and ideas that have both broad and specialist appeal and those that explore local cultural legacy.

We will work with the Writer in Residence to devise and deliver either a project or programme of community engagement.  For example this might be a project within a residential care setting or community centre where a youth group meet, or it could be a series of public workshops inviting participation from targeted groups in Tipperary.  We are open to ideas and keen to work with a writer to build on and develop their socially engaged practice.  We envisage the project or programme leading to artistic outcomes that can be showcased at the Festival.  We also wish for the Writer in Residence to have a presence during the Festival itself.

TO APPLY: Please email the following to Geraldine McNulty, D-NLF Chairperson, by 5pm on Tuesday 7 May 2019:  gmcnultydromineer@gmail.com

  • A short biography (300 words max), plus a current CV
  • An example of your recent writing work
  • A proposal outlining how you would approach the residency – why you want to do it, who your target audience/participants would be, and how it fits with both our artistic policy and your practice (800 words max)
  • Your costings for the proposed activity

The total budget is €3,000.  Enquiries – contact Geraldine at gmcnultydromineer@gmail.com

Further information available here.

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Elizabeth Rose Murray lives in West Cork where she writes, fishes, and grows her own vegetables. Her first book for young adults Caramel Hearts (Alma Books) was published June 2016. Her debut novel for children aged 10-12, The Book of Learning - Nine Lives Trilogy 1 (Mercier Press) was chosen as the 2016 Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Citywide Read for Children and the follow-up The Book of Shadows - Nine Lives Trilogy 2 was shortlisted for the 2016 Irish Book Awards. The final installment The Book of Revenge will be published in February 2018.

Elizabeth has poetry and short fiction published in journals across the UK and Ireland - including Ogham Stone, Southword, South Circular, Esc and 3am - and has been shortlisted in various competitions including TV3AM Short Story, Francis MacManus, and Aesthetica Creative Works. She has also performed in Ciudades Paralelas: Station - a live writing installation.

Hoping to encourage new writers, Elizabeth provides manuscript reports and online writing courses through Inkwell Writers and Big Smoke Writing Factory. She is a regular at literary festivals, and offers adult workshops on writing for children and young adults, as well as multiple events and workshops for children and teens.

You can connect with Elizabeth on Twitter @ERMurray, Facebook www.facebook.com/ERMurray.Author or her blog www.ermurray.com