Dublin City Council is pleased to announce that Declan Burke and Elizabeth Reapy have been appointed as Dublin City Writers in Residence. The residency runs for the period October 2017 to September 2018 and will be managed by Dublin City Public Libraries through the Director of Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, and will be supported in kind by The Irish Writers’ Centre.
The residency will allow time for the writers’ own work, in addition to engagement and interaction with both the general public and with groups associated with Dublin City Public Library branch libraries across the city.
Dublin is part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network and was designated as a City of Literature in 2010. The UNESCO designation ‘City of Literature’ recognises excellence and places an obligation on cities to nurture and support their art form locally, nationally and internationally. It reflects a key ambition of the Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Strategic Plan 2016-2018. This programme is an action of the Dublin City Creative Ireland Plan 2017, supported by the Creative Ireland Programme, an all-of-Government five-year initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which places creativity at the centre of public policy. Further information from creative.ireland.ie and ireland.ie
Funding for the project comes from Creative Ireland and the Dublin City Council Decade of Commemorations Programme.