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Leonard and Hungry Paul is 2021 One Dublin One Book

Dublin City Council is delighted to announce that Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession is the One Dublin One Book choice for 2021, following on from Tatty by Christine Dwyer Hickey in 2020.

One Dublin One Book aims to encourage everyone in Dublin to read a designated book connected with the capital city during the month of April every year. This annual project is a Dublin City Council initiative, led by Dublin City Libraries and encourages reading for pleasure. 

Dublin City Librarian, Mairead Owens, says “On behalf of Dublin City Council Libraries, I am delighted to have the opportunity of promoting this wonderful book by Rónán Hession.  It reminds us all that life is precious and that there are many challenges facing us as we negotiate daily life.  The book is uplifting and positive and gives comfort at this time.  The book is a treasure and will hopefully encourage many more readers to seek refuge and sustenance from reading.”

A new One Dublin One Book edition of Leonard and Hungry Paul (Bluemoose Books) will be available to borrow from all public libraries nationwide, electronically via BorrowBox, and to buy from all good book shops. There will be online events in April to accompany the reading initiative. 

“I am sincerely grateful and proud that Leonard and Hungry Paul has been chosen as this year’s One Dublin One Book. I would like to thank Dublin City Council for this great honour. I was born in Dublin and have lived and worked here all my life, so this means a lot to me. And of course, I have spent countless happy hours firing my imagination with the books I have borrowed from the wonderful libraries we have throughout Dublin. Leonard and Hungry Paul is a gentle book about two friends learning to engage with the world without becoming overwhelmed by it. I hope my fellow Dubliners find it a source of peace and enjoyment in the year ahead.” says Rónán Hession.

The Book

Leonard and Hungry Paul are two quiet friends who see the world differently. They use humour, board games and silence to steer their way through the maelstrom that is the 21st century. It is the story of two friends trying to find their place in the world. It is about those uncelebrated people who have the ability to change the world, not by effort or force, but through their appreciation of all that is special and overlooked in life.

The Author

Rónán Hession is an Irish writer based in Dublin. His debut novel Leonard and Hungry Paul was published by Bluemoose Books in the UK and by Melville House Books in the US. Leonard and Hungry Paul has been nominated for a number of prizes, including the Irish Novel of the Year and the British Book Award for Best Debut. Rónán has also been longlisted for the An Post Irish Book Awards for Short Story of the Year. Rónán’s second novel, Panenka, will be published in May 2021. As Mumblin’ Deaf Ro, he has released three albums of storytelling songs. His third album Dictionary Crimes was nominated for the Choice Music Prize for Irish album of the year. 

The Publisher

Leonard and Hungry Paul is published by Bluemoose Books 

Manchester Festival of Libraries UNESCO City of Lit Virtual Residency

Manchester Festival of Libraries together with Manchester City of Literature are offering two Virtual Writer Residencies which take place this June as part of the inaugural Festival of Libraries. During the three-week residency, writers will be hosted by one of Manchester’s historic libraries (Chetham’sThe PorticoJohn Rylands and Central) with the opportunity to explore their online collections and archives, meet librarians to find out more about Manchester’s literary heritage and collections, and enjoy virtual tours of the city.

During the residency, writers will share their experience of the city with Manchester’s literary community via social media, take part in other meetings and talks including sharing their work and their influences, and produce a new piece of writing responding to Manchester or links between the city and their own UNESCO City of Literature.

There is a fee of £1,500 for each residency and the commissions include producing a new short story, essay or series of poems. Applications are open until 10 May 2021 and the residencies are open to published writers with strong links to another UNESCO City of Literature.

For full details and how to apply: Click Here

City of Books Podcast Featuring John Banville

 

FADE TO BLACK – BANVILLE ON CRIME

John Banville, who has killed off his own Benjamin Black pen name, is disturbed by ever more explicit depictions of violence in popular culture.

He warns that people are constantly bombarded with graphic images – and it must impact on us. “There has to be more violence, more shock, more terror, says the Booker Prize-winning author.

“If I were a young woman now I’d be out protesting about these things. It can’t be good for young men to be watching these things.

“We go to the ultra-realistic crime series on television, all of which seem to start with a young woman being raped, murdered, chopped up and thrown in a garbage heap.

“I think we go to ultra-violent fiction and ultra-violent crime series on TV because we can experience violence safely – and yet we can say we didn’t flinch before the young woman being raped, murdered and eviscerated.”

Interviewed for the latest City of Books podcast, he tells host Martina Devlin: “I worry about this. This is not good for us. Give me the Agatha Christies, give me the old cowboy pictures where people die without even bleeding.”

Despite doing away with Black, Banville is continuing to write crime novels – described as literary noir – under his own name. He made the decision after listening to some on audio, deciding they were rather good, and it was time he took ownership of them.

He has written 17 novels, as well as short stories, essays and film scripts. His latest novel Snow, published by Faber and Faber, is set in a Big House in the 1950s and opens with the corpse of a priest found in the library.

More on Snow here

LISTEN HERE

 

Dublin City Council announces the 2021 DUBLIN Literary Award Shortlist

 

6 books on the shortlist of the 2021 Dublin Literary Award,

the world’s most valuable annual prize for a single work of fiction

 

Shortlisted titles:

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

 Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli

 Apeirogon by Colum McCann

 Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor

 On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong  

 The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

 

Thursday 25th March 2021: 6 novels have been shortlisted for the 2021 DUBLIN Literary Award, sponsored by Dublin City Council. Celebrating 26 years, this award is the world’s most valuable annual prize for a single work of fiction published in English, worth €100,000 to the winner. If the book has been translated the author receives €75,000 and the translator receives €25,000.  Distinctive among literary prizes, nominations are chosen by librarians and readers from a network of libraries around the world.

The 2021 Award winner will be chosen from a diverse and international shortlist which includes a novel in translation, an English language debut and a first-time novelist. The Shortlist features three women and three men who come from Ireland, Mexico, the UK and the USA.

The 26th winner of the Dublin Literary Award will be announced by its Patron, Lord Mayor Hazel Chu on Thursday 20th May, as part of the opening day programme of International Literature Festival Dublin (ILFDublin), which is also funded by Dublin City Council. Following their partnership with ILFDublin in August 2020, the DUBLIN Literary Award has moved the winner announcement permanently to May, to coincide with the festival.

 

The shortlisted titles are:

  1. Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo (British). Published by Hamish Hamilton Ltd. and Penguin Books Ltd. Nominated by libraries in Berlin, Germany and Waterford, Ireland.
  2.  Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli (Mexican). Published by Alfred A. Knopf and 4th Estate. Nominated by Vila de Gràcia Library, Barcelona, Spain.
  3. Apeirogon by Colum McCann (Irish). Published by Bloomsbury Publishing. Nominated by South Dublin Libraries, Ireland.
  4. Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor (Mexican). Translated from the Spanish by Sophie Hughes. Published by Fitzcarraldo Editions. Nominated by libraries in Canada, Mexico, and the USA.
  5. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong  (Vietnamese-American). Published by Jonathan Cape and Vintage. Nominated by libraries in Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the USA.
  6. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (American). Published by Little Brown Book Group and Doubleday. Nominated by libraries in Belgium, and the USA.
     

Patron of the Award, Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu, praised the Award for breaking down barriers through literature by inviting readers around the world to read books translated from different languages, and cultures:

‘I am so excited about our Literary Award again this year. Literature time and again has one objective, and that is to explore the human condition, teaching us something new about others, and ourselves. These are powerful and timely stories set in both familiar and unfamiliar countries and cultures. I urge everyone to read as many of these thought-provoking books as you can. Readers have plenty of time to pick their own favourite between now and 20th May – Lord Mayor of Dublin, Hazel Chu.

 

The novels on this year’s shortlist were nominated by public libraries in Belgium, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the USA, and the authors come from Ireland, Mexico, the UK and the USA.

 

The international panel of judges who will select the winner, features Jan Carson, a writer and community arts facilitator based in Belfast; David James Karashima, an author, translator, and associate professor of creative writing at Waseda University in Tokyo; Lebanese-born, Dr Rita Sakr who lectures in Postcolonial and Global Literatures at Maynooth University; Dr Martín Veiga, a Cork-based Galician poet, translator, and academic who lectures in Hispanic Studies at University College Cork, and Enda Wyley, an Irish poet, author, and teacher who has published six collections of poetry.

The non-voting Chairperson is Professor Chris Morash, the Seamus Heaney Professor of Irish Writing at Trinity College Dublin.

 

Podcast Series

In the lead up to the winner announcement, and to enhance the reading experience of the Shortlist, the DUBLIN Literary Award website and social media channels will share 6 short films featuring well-known Irish actors performing short excerpts from the shortlisted novels. In association with their partner, International Literature Festival Dublin (ILFDublin), a special Shortlist podcast series has been commissioned which will be hosted by Maeve Higgins, bestselling Irish writer, comedian, podcaster and contributing writer for The New York Times, and Jessica Traynor, Irish writer, dramaturg and creative writing teacher.  Maeve Higgins and Jessica Traynor will take listeners inside the shortlisted novels and speak exclusively to the authors and translator in contention for the award.

 

During Level 5 COVID-19 restrictions, readers can borrow most of the shortlisted titles as eBooks and eAudiobooks on the free Borrowbox app, available to all public library users.

 

All the novels nominated for the Award, including the shortlisted books, will be available for readers to borrow from Dublin City Libraries and from public libraries around Ireland when Libraries reopen. The shortlist can be viewed on the Award website at www.dublinliteraryaward.ie.

 

Key Dates

The six member international judging panel, chaired by Prof. Chris Morash, will select one winner, which will be announced by the Patron of the Award, Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu on Thursday 20th May during the International Literature Festival Dublin (ILFDublin) which runs from the 20th to the 30th May 2021.

City of Books Podcast Featuring Neil Jordan

 

AN INSIDER’S ACCOUNT OF AN OUTSIDER LORD

Oscar-winning filmmaker Neil Jordan has managed to run parallel careers as a director and novelist, and his latest book is his most cinematic yet.

It’s an historical novel, The Ballad of Lord Edward and Citizen Small, about the true-life friendship between aristocrat turned 1798 revolutionary Lord Edward Fitzgerald and the runaway American slave who saved his life.

“I don’t know how I would have lived if I didn’t make movies and I also don’t know how I would have lived if I didn’t write books,” Neil tells Martina Devlin in the latest City of Books podcast. He says films feel like short stories to him, and he never stops writing – short stories, novels and film scripts.

His films range from The Crying Game to Michael Collins. On Hollywood, he says: “When I started directing movies I felt I was in a world of Neanderthals. I felt I had suddenly strayed into this world of these blundering dinosaurs.

“And I thought, what am I doing here, this strange little Irish guy? And they used to treat me that way as well, they’d almost treat you with amused contempt. It was kind of weird.”

Asked about Hollywood’s toxicity towards women, he says: “With the scandal of Harvey Weinstein, and all of the #MeToo exposés, it seems there’s been a level of behaviour in Hollywood that has been tolerated and rampant that I would associate with the Fifties.

“This kind of casting couch thing, which I thought was a joke when I was in Hollywood – it seems part of a far distant history – but it has continued.

“It is just an aggressive industry. It costs a lot of money it’s very male dominated, very white, very chauvinistic. I always hated that aspect of it, I never wanted to be part of it, never felt I was part of it. But then George Lucas would say the same.”

The difficulty has been in women gaining access to the director’s chair, he adds. “That seems to have been the big glass ceiling that is just now being cracked.”

The Ballad of Lord Edward and Citizen Small by Neil Jordan is published by Lilliput Press

https://www.lilliputpress.ie/product/the-ballad-of-lord-edward-and-citizen-small

For the City of Books interview click HERE, or look for City of Books on Spotify and Apple.

 

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One Dublin One Book Launches Full Programme of Free Online Public Events

Dublin City Council invites people all over the city to take part in the annual One Dublin One Book campaign by reading the same book during the month of April. This year’s chosen title for One Dublin One Book, is Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession (Bluemoose Books). 

Read first chapter here 

Dublin UNESCO City of Literature have put together a range of free online public events throughout the month of April which will see author Rónán Hession take part in public discussions, interviews and live webinars. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic these events will take place online. Writers Donal Ryan and Alex Barclay, actor Emmet Kirwan and musician Brigid Mae Power all feature in the programme. Rónán Hession will also perform music from his three albums released under the name Mumblin’ Deaf Ro and discuss his move from music to writing. RTÉ Radio 1’s Book on One is delighted to be opening its forthcoming new season of books read on radio with Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession produced by Clíodhna Ní Anluain.

Further details on these events are below and at this link www.onedublinonebook.ie/events

As part of One Dublin One Book, complimentary copies of the book will be distributed to health care workers via libraries in hospitals across Dublin, in a special initiative this year. 

Hundreds of copies of Leonard and Hungry Paul have been purchased by Dublin City Libraries and will be available to borrow from all public libraries nationwide, through the free BorrowBox library app, and in hardcopy when libraries re-open to the public. The book is also available to listen to in audio format through BorrowBox. The new One Dublin One Book edition of Leonard and Hungry Paul is available to buy from all good book shops. 

Videos of actor Johnny Ward reading extracts from the book will be released over the coming weeks. Watch the first one HERE

The programme was made possible thanks to funding by Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

Speaking about the One Dublin One Book initiative, author Rónán Hession said:  “I am sincerely grateful and proud that Leonard and Hungry Paul has been chosen as this year’s One Dublin One Book. I would like to thank Dublin City Council for this great honour. I was born in Dublin and have lived and worked here all my life, so this means a lot to me. And of course, I have spent countless happy hours firing my imagination with the books I have borrowed from the wonderful libraries we have throughout Dublin. Leonard and Hungry Paul is a gentle book about two friends learning to engage with the world without becoming overwhelmed by it. I hope my fellow Dubliners find it a source of peace and enjoyment in the year ahead.”

Dublin City Librarian, Mairead Owens, added: “On behalf of Dublin City Libraries, I am delighted to have the opportunity of promoting this wonderful book by Rónán Hession.  It reminds us all that life is precious and that there are many challenges facing us as we negotiate daily life.  The book is uplifting and positive and gives comfort at this time.  The book is a treasure and will hopefully encourage many more readers to seek refuge and sustenance from reading.”

For details of all events go to:  www.onedublinonebook.ie

New City of Books Podcast featuring Danielle McLaughlin

THE ART OF SURVIVING

Danielle McLaughlin speaks candidly about her leanings towards anxiety and how immersing herself in reading and writing is a positive way to deal with it. “As someone prone to get lost in the darker currents of my own head I’ve found it healthier to get lost in a book,” she tells Martina Devlin in the latest City of Books podcast.

Danielle switched from law – where she had her own successful legal practice – to fiction after falling ill. In 2009 she had a rare reaction to medication prescribed by her doctor. As she recovered, she started writing. It led to the acclaimed short story collection Dinosaurs on Other Planets, and now her debut novel The Art of Falling, published by John Murray. It deals with art and infidelity.

“I quickly became quite obsessed with the writing of fiction,” says Danielle, acknowledging an obsessive streak which had previously focused on the law – drilling down for the telling details which shine a light on legal disputes. “It is not always a good thing. It hasn’t always served me well, that compulsive, obsessive part of my psychology,” she says.
“But that’s the great thing about fiction. There is a real focus needed, an obsessive quality needed, for a writer to stay deeply with a story for the length of time to get it written. “So fiction is a good way to channel that obsessive part of my personality.”

For more on The Art of Falling https://www.johnmurraypress.co.uk

Listen to Danielle’s interview here: CITY OF BOOKS

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New City of Books Podcast featuring Louise O’Neill

INSTANCES OF THE NUMBER 63

“The number 63 has come up for me time and time again in very strange ways,” says writer Louise O’Neill, who won the crime fiction trophy at the 2020 Irish Book Awards.

“I have put it in each of my books. In Only Ever Yours, the first book, Frieda is number 630 and in Almost Love Sarah, the character that is having an affair with a much older man – they always meet in a hotel room and it’s number 63.”

And its connection with her latest novel, After the Silence? She tells the City of Books podcast how she stumbled across a collection of Emily Bronte’s poetry, marked 63 in a series, and the pages fell open at a poem with the line: “I dream of moor, and misty hill.” Keen to incorporate it into her novel, she named the artists’ retreat in her book Misty Hill.

One of her favourite reads is Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes, which Louise read in St John o’ Gods while suffering from anorexia: “It was such an important book for me in terms of understanding my behaviour, in particular the addictive element.

“It’s both a brilliant novel and personally very important novel to me in terms of my recovery.” The kind and decent male lead, Luke Costello, became her “ideal man”.

“For years I was so drawn to men who didn’t treat me well and who were actually quite cruel to me in lots of ways,” says Louise. But she realised that kindness mattered most of all. Now she’s happy with her partner, Virgin Media reporter Richard Chambers.

“He’s my number one champion, he’s endlessly encouraging and just believes in me. He just really wants me to succeed and be my best self,” says Louise.

:: After the Silence by Louise O’Neill is published by Riverrun, a Quercus imprint. More information here: https://www.quercusbooks.co.uk/landing-page/after-the-silence/

Listen to Louise O’Neill interviewed by Martina Devlin for City of Books

HERE

Dublin City Council announces the 2021 DUBLIN Literary Award Longlist of Library Nominations

#DubLitAward

Four novels from Ireland are among the 49 books nominated by libraries around the world for the 2021 DUBLIN Literary Award, which is sponsored by Dublin City Council. Now in its 26th year, this award is the world’s most valuable annual prize for a single work of fiction published in English, worth €100,000 to the winner. Nominations include 18 novels in translation with works nominated by libraries from 30 countries across Africa, Europe, Asia, the US & Canada, South America and Australia & New Zealand. If the winning book has been translated, the author receives €75,000 and the translator receives €25,000. dublinliteraryaward.ie/

The Irish titles nominated for the 2021 Award are:

  • When all is Said by Anne Griffin, published by Hodder and Stoughton and nominated by Łódź Public Library, Poland
  • Apeirogon by Colum McCann, published by Bloomsbury and nominated by South Dublin Libraries, Ireland
  • Shadowplay by Joseph O’Connor, published by Harvill Secker and nominated by Municipal Library of Genève, Switzerland
  • The Trumpet Shall Sound by Eibhear Walshe, published by Sommerville Press and nominated by Cork City Libraries, Ireland

The shortlist will be announced on 25th March 2021 and the winner will be announced by Lord Mayor of Dublin, Hazel Chu, on 20th May 2021, as part of the opening day programme of International Literature Festival Dublin, which is also funded by Dublin City Council.

Download the complete list longlist of library nominations HERE

Speaking at the launch of the longlist, Patron of the Award, Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu, commended the Award for its promotion of excellence in world literature and the opportunity it provides to promote Irish writing internationally:

‘Readers each year anticipate the longlist and later the shortlist with keen excitement and interest. This anticipation will be rewarded when I announce the twenty-sixth winner on Thursday, 20th May 2021. As Patron of the Award, I am extremely proud of the DUBLIN Literary Award as it affirms Dublin’s commitment to international writers and translators, to literature and creativity. It’s more important than ever that Dublin City Council does its best to support the Arts in such challenging times and the DUBLIN Literary Award is a huge statement of encouragement and support.’

The DUBLIN Literary Award is managed by Dublin City Council’s library service. Mairead Owens, Dublin City Librarian, announced that the 49 books eligible for the 2021 award were nominated by libraries in 69 cities and 30 countries worldwide; noting that 18 are titles in translation, spanning 10 languages, and 10 books are first novels.

Speaking about how Libraries around the world adapted to the challenges of the pandemic, the City Librarian remarked;

‘Books and reading have sustained the human spirit during this, the Covid-19 pandemic. We escaped with our favourite authors to distant lands, we explored new cultures and we learnt new skills.  Librarians are privileged to work in such a rewarding environment.  Yes, we faced many challenges over the last year but we have risen to support our communities.  Dublin City is appreciative of libraries worldwide for your participation in the 2021 Dublin Literary Award.  The Award solidifies the ethos of fostering literacy and a love of reading in our respective local communities and the fact that we work internationally is significant.’

Ms Owens also welcomed three new nominating libraries: Slemani Public Library in Iraq, South Dublin Libraries in Ireland, and District of Columbia Public Library in USA.

The international panel of judges who will select the winner, features Jan Carson, a writer and community arts facilitator based in Belfast; David James Karashima, an author, translator, and associate professor of creative writing at Waseda University in Tokyo; Lebanese-born, Dr Rita Sakr who lectures in Postcolonial and Global Literatures at Maynooth University; Dr Martín Veiga, a Cork-based Galician poet, translator, and academic who lectures in Hispanic Studies at University College Cork, and Enda Wyley, an Irish poet, author, and teacher who has published six collections of poetry.

The non-voting Chairperson is Professor Chris Morash, the Seamus Heaney Professor of Irish Writing at Trinity College Dublin.

During Level 5 COVID-19 restrictions, readers can borrow some of the longlisted titles as eBooks and eAudiobooks on the free Borrowbox app, available to all public library users.

All the novels nominated for the Award will be available for readers to borrow from Dublin’s public libraries and from public libraries around Ireland when Libraries reopen. The longlist of 49 titles can be viewed in the attached PDF file, and on the Award website at www.dublinliteraryaward.ie.

City of Books Podcast – A POETIC LICENCE EARNED with Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

Photograph credit Aurelio Stoppini

A POETIC LICENCE EARNED

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin is waiting for a special delivery from China – a 50-year-old bottle of extremely strong alcohol called Baijiu. It’s part of her prize as winner of China’s prestigious 1573 International Poetry Award recently.

The distinguished poet jokes that when it arrives she’ll stand on the doorstep and distribute teaspoonfuls to the poets of Ireland.

The prize also includes being translated into Chinese, which will bring Eiléan’s work, spanning more than five decades, to a new and potentially enormous audience. Her Collected Poems were published at the end of 2020.

Eiléan’s mother taught her that writing was a profession and had to be worked at in an orderly fashion. She was the much-loved author Eilís Dillon, who wrote more than 50 books for children and adults.

Former Ireland Professor of Poetry Eiléan tells Martina Devlin in the City of Books podcast that her mother had a banned books cupboard in their Cork home and handed them out to the family: “You had to go out and get them quickly when they were first published.

“It was, of course, nonsensical that they were banned. She wasn’t a wildly transgressive reader in any sense that we’d recognise now but she wasn’t going to have anybody telling her what she ought not to read.

“The only bookshop in Cork where you could buy Ulysses was the APCK, the Association for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge, in other words the Protestant bookshop. But you could buy it (in Ireland) and I did buy it.’

Eilís Dillon, whose centenary was celebrated last year, is largely remembered for her children’s books.

Eiléan said there were people in society generally who disapproved of her mother working. “The very idea that a woman would have work different from her family, unless she was a widow and someone to be pitied – we were taught in school, we were told everywhere, that that was wrong.”

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin’s Collected Poems is available from the Gallery Press website HERE

Listen to the City of Books interview on Spotify and Apple or listen HERE 

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Cúirt International Literature Festival – Common Currency Writer in Residence

Open Call: Common Currency Writer in Residence

Delivered in partnership with Cúirt International Literature Festival, English PEN and Irish PEN/ PEN na hÉireann supported by the British Council. 

Common Currency is a celebration of freedom of expression, creative campaigning, and the best literature the world has to offer to mark the centenary of the PEN movement organised by English PEN. It seeks to ignite a conversation around issues of freedom of expression, led by writers and readers.

Cúirt International Literature Festival, English PEN and Irish PEN/ PEN na hÉireann are working together in the spirit of the PEN charter that ‘literature knows no frontiers’ to provide an opportunity for a writer from the MENA region resident in Ireland to be the Common Currency Writer in Residence during the 2021 Cúirt International Literature Festival.  

They welcome submissions from writers who are resident in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland who identify as a member of the diaspora from the Middle East and North Africa. For the purposes of this residency these countries include Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Palestinian Territories, Morocco, Tunisia, Yemen, Algeria, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria and UAE. 

They welcome applications from writers whose first language is not English including Refugees and asylum seekers, although please note that your submission will be assessed in English. 

This residency is made possible through the support of the British Council.

The deadline for submitting applications is 12 noon (GMT) Monday 22 February 2021.

KEY INFORMATION

The opportunity

  • A written creative commission to be performed as part of the festival Opening Night event (in person and online) on the theme of Human Connection. 
  • An opportunity to perform work at two writers showcase events as part of the festival:  1) Culture Ireland showcase 2) Emerging Writers showcase 
  • A festival pass for all events 
  • Fees covered to attend a series of up to four writer and development talks.
  • A short personal essay commission reflecting on the experience of the festival and residency for publication post-festival on a partner website. 
  • Travel, accommodation, access and subsistence costs will be covered on top of the above, COVID 19 restrictions allowing. If local restrictions prevent the residency happening in-person, we will provide reasonable assistance to support the writer to participate in the festival. 

Residency Dates

  • 21 – 25 April 2021 

ESSENTIAL CRITERIA:

  1. Must be an early to mid-career writer based in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland who identifies as a member of the diaspora from the Middle East and North Africa. For the purposes of this residency these countries include Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Palestinian Territories, Morocco, Tunisia, Yemen, Algeria, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria and UAE.
  2. Must submit the application in English. (By this we mean written English if you are submitting a written application or spoken English if submitting by video recording.)
  3. You may submit up to three poems or extracts from poems no longer than 50 lines or one prose piece no longer than 2000 words (excluding the title in both cases). Please indicate number of lines/words as appropriate and whether (and where) the piece has been previously published. Submissions may be in any language provided that they are accompanied by a translation into English (the author’s or the work of another writer). Collaborations with those writing in other languages very welcome.

Applications will be assessed against the three essential criteria outlined above and the question below. They will be reviewed by a selection panel, including representatives from Cúirt Festival, English PEN and Irish PEN/PEN na hÉireann .

  1. Why you want to participate in this residency and including why you will benefit from it. 

If you have any questions, please email info@cuirt.ie . 

They are committed to ensuring that the residency is fully accessible, and they encourage disabled and/or D/deaf writers to apply.  Access provision and costs will be met in addition to fees.

SHORTLISTED APPLICANTS MAY NEED TO BE AVAILABLE FOR A FOLLOW-UP CONVERSATION BETWEEN 24 and 26 FEBRUARY AND 3 MARCH 2021.

APPLY HERE