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Red Line Book Festival 2019 Searches for a Writer in Residence

Article by ERMurray © 22 April 2019.
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Red Line Book Festival is inviting applications from writers for their inaugural Writer in Residence programme.

The ten-week residency in South Dublin County runs from August to October 2019 and is supported by Creative Ireland in conjunction with South Dublin Libraries and Arts.  This residency is open to all forms of writing including, but not limited to prose, poetry, play-writing, and writing for children.

The residency will see the chosen writer engaging with local communities in South Dublin through workshops and other work, as well as creating written work responding to the theme, ‘Looking Up’, which will be published by South Dublin Libraries.

A fee of €5000 is available for the successful applicant, as well as access to writing space. The residency is envisaged as part-time, allowing time for the writer’s own work.

Speaking at the announcement today, Bernadette Fennell, County Librarian said: “We are excited to embark on a new exciting chapter for Red Line Book Festival as we welcome applications for our first ever Writer in Residence programme. We look forward to engaging with schools and community groups through this initiative and are very grateful for the support of Creative Ireland.”

The deadline for applications to the Writer in Residence programme is 12pm on Friday 17th May. For full info and application details, please visit www.redlinebookfestival.com.

THE RED LINE BOOK FESTIVAL is an initiative of South Dublin County Council. Held in October each year, the festival is a celebration of all things literary; be it spoken, written, sung, played, illustrated or even just thought! The festival brings local, national and international authors, alongside talks, workshops, theatrical productions and creative writing competitions to venues across South Dublin and provides a programme that appeals to people of all ages and interests, from children to adults, casual readers to book worms.

The eighth annual festival runs October 7th – 13th 2019.

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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