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Writer in Residence Needed in Kerry

Article by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin © 14 February 2013 .
Posted in the Magazine ( · News for Writers ).

The Writer in Residence is a partnership between Kerry County Council and the Arts Council

The Residency is open to writers in all genres, and should have a countywide impact. The Residency will be a part-time position (20 hour week – 5 hours of which is for the Writer’s own work development) which will allow time both for the writer’s own work in addition to engagement and interaction with the general public and more specifically with people interested in writing themselves. As part of this Residency, the successful applicant will be asked to stimulate greater awareness of the art of creative writing as well as encouraging more opportunities for people to engage with the work of writers. The Writer’s ability to mentor up-coming writers, young people and those interested in developing their writing skills must be demonstrated.

 A contract for services fee of €13,200 inclusive of travel and expenses is offered for a 22 week period envisaged to commence in late Spring 2013.  The payment schedule will be: ⅓ on commencement, ⅓ halfway through, ⅓ on completion.

 Selection process

 Writers will submit details of previous work to date as follows:

• A typed curriculum vitae (maximum 3 pages);

• Examples of previous work;

• Publications, programmes or published articles, such as reviews;

• A typed proposal outlining artistic ideas and approaches (two typed pages); this should include an outline of the benefits of the residency to her/his stage of development as a writer and ideas in relation to public engagement during the residency.

Please note: Applicants must submit three copies of CV and proposal.

Please ensure that all submitted materials are clearly marked with the writer’s name.    Closing date: 4.00pm on Thursday, 28th February 2013.

Criteria for selection

• Artistic merit and relevance of proposal

• Quality of previous work

• Suitability of the proposal

• Facilitation ability and experience


Applicants will be short-listed on the basis of their submissions and short-listed applicants will be called for interview on Tuesday, 19th March 2013.

In advance of the residency the following will be agreed:

• Goals, roles and responsibilities and agreed criteria for the Writer in residence and the Arts Office;

• Agreed programme of work that is flexible and responsive;

• Administrative support from the Arts Office;

•A timetable that balances time for the writer’s own work and other residency commitments as agreed.

• Ongoing review and evaluation; regular meetings.

This is a part-time residency, which will require flexible working hours.


Budget information

The total budget for the residency is €14,200. This amount is fully inclusive of the writer’s fee –inclusive of all travel and expenses incurred – of €13,200 (including VAT and insurance) and an allowance for promotion of residency outcomes, public events, materials and other related costs of €1,000.

Please note that the appointed writer will be required to have Public Liability Insurance with cover of €6.5 million. Non-Vat registered service providers may be liable for Professional Services Withholding Tax. The successful writer will be required to provide Kerry County Council with a tax clearance certificate and insurance details prior to signing of contracts.

The Arts Office will act as the liaison support between the Writer, the Local Authority and Local Communities during the selection process to define the work program. The Arts Office will be responsible for administering contracts and payments to the writer.

Child Protection

In accordance with the national Child Protection Guidelines Children First, the selected candidate will be required to follow child protection procedures as specified by Kerry County Council.  The successful candidate will be required to undergo Garda Vetting.


The Writer in residence agrees to keep the Council fully indemnified against all claims howsoever arising and howsoever caused in respect of any damage, loss or injury of any kind or nature, whether arising directly or indirectly from the provision of the residency and to provide evidence of Public Liability insurance which indemnifies Kerry County Council with a limit of indemnity of €6.5 million.

It is the responsibility of the Writer in residence to ensure that other person(s) not employed by Kerry County Council, but employed by the Writer in residence to assist them with the residency have adequate Public Liability (€6.5 million) and Employer’s Liability (€13 million) cover which indemnify both Kerry County Council and the writer.

Freedom of Information

The provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 1997-2003 apply to Kerry County Council. Applicants should state if any of the information supplied by them is confidential or sensitive and should not be disclosed to a request for information under the aforementioned Act. Applicants should state why they consider the information to be confidential or commercially sensitive.

Prompt Payment

Under the Prompt Payments Accounts Act, the Local Authority is obliged to pay within 30 days, upon receipt of a valid invoice.

Applications should be submitted to:

Writer in Residence, The Arts Office, Kerry County Council, Rathass, Tralee, County Kerry


Please refer any queries to Kate Kennelly, Arts Officer on 066 71 83541 or email arts@kerrycoco.ie

Please note that Kerry County Council reserves the right not to appoint if none of the applications received are deemed to be suitable. In this instance Kerry County Council reserves the right to pursue a different procurement process.