Laois County Council Arts Office, in association with Creative Ireland Laois and Dunamaise Arts Centre, invites applications for a Writer in Residence for the period mid-August to mid-December 2020.
The Residency is open to writers originally from or currently based in the Midlands region, working in any genre (e.g. fiction, non-fiction, poetry, script-writing, etc). The Residency will focus on ‘A Sense of Place’, which is the overarching theme for the Creative Ireland Laois Plan 2018-2022. The writer’s work may draw inspiration from this theme in a variety of ways. The residency will allow time for the writer’s own work as well as a programme of engagement and interaction with the local community in the lead up to and during the Laois Leaves Festival of Writing & Music in early November.
Applicants are asked to include in their application an outline of the project/s that they would work towards over the course of the residency. This should include ideas about the public engagement aspect of the residency. In the past, writers in residence have engaged with book clubs, writers groups, schools and have organised workshops and engaged in one to one discussions with writers in the area.
Arrangements for time spent in Residence at Dunamaise and for any public engagements will be supported by Dunamaise staff, and arranged with all Covid-19 related Hygiene, Health & Safety measures adhered to.
Closing date for submission of applications: Monday 27th July, 2020
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