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Gothenburg City of Literature Writers in Residence

Gothenburg UNESCO City of Literature have opened a call for 2022 West Sweden Literary Residency Grants. Region Västra Götaland offers a one-month stay and invite applications for a total of nine residency grants, in five locations throughout West Sweden.

Here’s the link for all the details. 

They particularly welcome applicants from other Unesco Cities of Literature.

Are you working as a writer or literary translator? Do you need access to your own room? Are you looking for a peaceful work environment and new inspiration? Now you can apply for a one-month residency grant for 2022, within the framework of AIR Litteratur Västra Götaland.

The residency grant includes one month of free accommodation and access to a workplace. The grant is worth 20,000 SEK. For residency grants where the host is a library, a writer’s fee of 7,500 SEK is also included for a public appearance which will be organized during the residency, in consultation with the host.

Submit your application no later than on 25 April through digital form available here.

Virtual Writer Residencies at the Manchester Festival of Libraries 2022

Manchester UNESCO City of Literature and Manchester Literature Festival are offering two virtual writer residencies to take place this June during the Festival of Libraries.

During the three-week residency, writers will be hosted by either Chetham’s Library or the International Anthony Burgess Foundation with the opportunity to explore their online collections and archives, meet staff to find out more about Manchester’s literary heritage and collections, and enjoy virtual tours of the host venues and the city.

During the residency, writers will be encouraged to share their experience of the city with Manchester’s literary community via social media, to take part in other meetings and talks including sharing their work and their influences, and to 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. The residencies form part of the city’s international strategy and are open to published writers with strong links to a UNESCO City of Literature outside the UK.

Deadline: 13th May 2021

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Bucheon City of Literature Writers in Residence Opportunity

The Bucheon City of Literature writers in residence program promotes writing and literature, whilst giving an opportunity to enjoy the dynamic and unique environment of Bucheon.

During the seven-weeks of the residency, the writer will spend 80% of their time working on their own project and 20% of their time participating in programs that are designed and personalised with input from the residential officer in Bucheon City of Literature. There is a generous budget for airfare, food and accommodation.

An interest in Korean culture and literature is important, you must have at least one published work and live in a UNESCO Creative City (like Dublin).

Please read more on the Bucheon City of Literature website linked below, and download the application form from there. The deadline for applications is 27th April 2022.

More information including criteria and application form:

Dublin City Council announces the 2022 DUBLIN Literary Award Shortlist

6 novels have been shortlisted for the 2022 DUBLIN Literary Award, sponsored by Dublin City Council. Celebrating 27 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 2022 Award winner will be chosen from a diverse and international shortlist which includes two novels in translation and a first-time novelist. The shortlist features authors who are French, Irish, Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg (Alderville First Nation, Canadian), New Zealander, and Nigerian.

The 27th winner of the Dublin Literary Award will be announced by its Patron, Lord Mayor Alison Gilliland on Thursday 19th May, as part of the opening day programme of International Literature Festival Dublin (ILFDublin), which is also funded by Dublin City Council.

The shortlisted titles are:

  1. Remote Sympathy by Catherine Chidgey (New Zealander).
    Published by Europa Editions.
    Nominated by Auckland Libraries, New Zealand and Dunedin Public Libraries, New Zealand.
  2. At Night All Blood is Black by David Diop (French).
    Translated from the French by Anna Moschovakis.
    Published by Pushkin Press.
    Nominated by Bibliothèque de Reims, France.
  3. The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi (Nigerian).
    Published by Faber & Faber.
    Nominated by Helsinki City Library, Finland.
  4. The Art of Falling by Danielle McLaughlin (Irish).
    Published by John Murray.
    Nominated by Cork City Libraries, Ireland.
  5. Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg).
    Published by House of Anansi.
    Nominated by Ottawa Public Library, Canada.
  6. The Art of Losing by Alice Zeniter (French).
    Translated from the French by Frank Wynne.
    Published by Picador, Pan Macmillan.
    Nominated by Bibliothèque publique d’information, Paris, France.

Dublin City Librarian, Mairead Owens, praised the Award for breaking down barriers through literature by inviting readers around the world to read books translated from different languages, and cultures. 

“Selecting 6 titles for this year’s DUBLIN Literary Award shortlist from a longlist of 79 is a challenge, says Mairéad and I commend our judging panel for presenting us with stories which illustrate the breadth of human thought, endurance and response during tense and challenging moments in life.

This year’s shortlist is an affecting one for readers, encouraging us to experience a sense of other realities.

Each book is worthy of our attention and will leave us questioning. I encourage readers to dive into the list and choose for themselves their favourite before this year’s DUBLIN Literary Award winner is announced on Thursday 19 May.”

The international panel of judges who will select the shortlist and winner, features Dubliner Sinéad Moriarty, a writer and books ambassador for Eason’s Must Reads book club; Alvin Pang, from Singapore, a poet, writer, editor, anthologist, translator and researcher; Cork-born, Clíona Ní Ríordáin, a Professor of English at Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris; Professor Emmanuel Dandaura, a creative writer, literary critic, festival curator, scholar, and multiple award winning playwright based in Abuja, Nigeria and Victoria White, a graduate with an MLitt in English Literature of Trinity College Dublin, who has worked as a writer and journalist with the Irish Times and the Irish Examiner.

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 Jessica Traynor, Irish writer, dramaturg and creative writing teacher and Seán Hewitt, a fellow writer who teaches Modern British & Irish Literature at Trinity College Dublin.  Jessica Traynor and Seán Hewitt will take listeners inside the shortlisted novels and speak exclusively to the authors and translator in contention for the award.

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 Alison Gilliland on Thursday 19th May during the International Literature Festival Dublin (ILFDublin) which runs from the 19th to the 29th May 2022 from Merrion Square.

Many of the novels nominated and shortlisted for the Award will be available for readers to borrow from Dublin City Libraries and from public libraries around Ireland, or can be borrowed as eBooks and eAudiobooks on the free Borrowbox app, available to all public library users. The shortlist can be viewed on the Award website at

Máire Mhac an tSaoi – Poetry In Irish Award

In honour of Máire Mhac an tSaoi 1922 – 2021 Meath County Council Cultural Services are pleased to announce the establishment of the Máire Mhac an tSaoi Poetry in Irish Award.

The award consists of a one day master class with Louis de Paor for five participants.

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City of Books Podcast Featuring Rosemary Jenkinson

City of Books image with Rosemary Jenkinson and new book cover

Marching to Her Own Beat

“The past is never dead. It’s not even past,” said William Faulkner – and the past is ever-present, but with a twist, in Rosemary Jenkinson’s short story collection Marching Season.

The Belfast playwright and short story writer tackles rioting, bonfires to mark the Twelfth of July, TED talks, and one-night-stands and threesomes in her no-holds-barred stories.

Rosemary talks about her themes, but also reflects on the numbing effect of cancel culture in a City of Books interview for Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, where she tells the podcast’s presenter Martina Devlin about her recent experience of generating controversy.

There was a backlash in some quarters after she said the success of Milkman by Anna Burns and other successful Troubles books had led to an excess of fiction focused on a “narrow-visioned Belfast noir”. Subsequently, her publisher decided against publishing a novel by her, saying she had shrunk rather than grown her potential market.

Ironically, Rosemary says it happened as she was working on a play for the Abbey Theatre with cancel culture as a theme. “It’s art imitating life,” she said. She believes writers should engage with the world around them, and shouldn’t be silenced because they fear giving offence.

On writing sex scenes for her work, she says, “I don’t have children and both parents are dead so who’s going to be embarrassed? I’m not. It’s a beautiful place of liberation sometimes when there’s nobody around to care what you write.”


Marching Season by Rosemary Jenkinson is published by Arlen House

Submissions Sought for Michel Déon Prize for Non-Fiction

Nominate the best non-fiction title since 2020 for the €10,000 Michel Déon prize.

The Royal Irish Academy has opened nominations for the 2022 Michel Déon Prize for non-fiction,  The €10,000 prize will be awarded in September 2022 for the best non-fiction book, published since 1 April 2020 by a writer living in Ireland. The winning author will also give the ‘Michel Déon Lecture’ in France in 2023.

In September 2020 the Royal Irish Academy awarded the prize to Conor O’Clery for his book ‘The Shoemaker and his Daughter’. In 2018 the inaugural prize went to historian Breandán MacSuibhne for his book ‘The End of Outrage: Post-Famine Adjustment in Rural Ireland’.

The Michel Déon Prize, funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs, will be awarded to the author of the book that the judging panel consider to be the best work of non-fiction in the eligible categories of autobiography, biography, cultural studies, history, literary studies, philosophy and travel.

Michel Déon (1919 –2016) is considered to have been one of the leading French writers of the 20th century and lived in Ireland from the 1970s until his death in 2016. He published over 50 works of fiction and nonfiction and was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Prix Interallié for his 1970 novel, Les Poneys sauvages (The Wild Ponies). Déon’s 1973 novel Un taxi mauve received the Grand Prix du roman de l’Académie française and in 1978 he was elected to the Académie française.

To nominate a title for consideration visit

The closing date for nominations is midnight on 12 April 2022

2022 One Dublin One Book Programme Announced – NORA by Nuala O’Connor

One Dublin One Book Programme

Dublin UNESCO City of Literature are delighted to announce their programme of events for this year’s One Dublin One Book which features NORA: A Love Story of Nora Barnacle and James Joyce by Nuala O’Connor (New Island Books), following on from Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession in 2021.

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 Dublin City Council initiative, supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, encourages reading for pleasure. 

There will be discussions, readings, music performances, film screenings, book club events and lots more during the month in various venues across the city as well as in Dublin City Libraries, DLR Libraries, Fingal Libraries, South Dublin Libraries, and drawing on the connection with Nora’s home county, a special event by Galway Public Libraries, will take place on 1st April. There will also be One Dublin One Book events in London, Warsaw and Monaco. RTÉ Radio One’s The Book on 1 will feature NORA by Nuala O’Connor over 10 nights in April.

‘I’m honoured and humbled that Dublin City Council has chosen NORA as its One Dublin One Book read for 2022, the Ulysses centenary year. I imagine Nora Barnacle would be as pleased as I am to see her contribution to the life and work of James Joyce celebrated in this way. I’m a proud Dub and this wonderful opportunity has me really looking forward to engaging with library users and readers, all over my home city, in April.’ says Nuala O’Connor.

Dublin’s Lord Mayor, Alison Gilliland, who launched the programme at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum said “Dublin City Council’s One Dublin One Book initiative is a creative and inclusive way to get all our citizens reading.  With copies of NORA by Nuala O’Connor available to borrow for free in physical, e-book and e-audio versions throughout our public library network, it just remains for the people of Dublin and beyond to enjoy this brilliant book about Nora Barnacle and James Joyce.’

Dublin City Librarian, Mairead Owens, says “Every year we choose a book that we hope will capture the imaginations of the people of Dublin, of all ages and walks of life, and I know that NORA will prove a rewarding reading experience for all who engage with One Dublin One Book 2022. For the centenary of the publication of Ulysses, it’s important for us to honour the contemporary writers Joyce has inspired, as well as the woman who inspired him. With the help of our many wonderful partners, we have created a programme of events this April that we hope will encourage many discussions and conversations.”

Hundreds of copies of NORA have been purchased by Dublin City Libraries and are available to borrow from all public libraries nationwide, and on e-book and e-audio format through the free BorrowBox library app. The new One Dublin One Book edition of NORA is also available to buy from all good book shops. The National Council for the Blind Ireland have created a Braille version of the book. NORA is available in fully accessible digital formats (EPUB, BRF (Braille Ready File), DAISY and Word) from the NCBI Bookshare Ireland platform.




City of Books Podcast Featuring Edel Coffey


Edel Coffey’s debut novel – the book everyone is talking about – deals with Forgotten Baby Syndrome, every exhausted-by-the-juggle parent’s nightmare.

Breaking Point tells of a high-powered doctor, wife and mother under pressure, who accidentally leaves her baby in a car on a boiling hot day – with tragic consequences. It was inspired by a true story which made headlines worldwide.

Many mothers are contacting journalist and author Edel with their own stories of near-misses which still haunt them. She tells City of Books podcast presenter Martina Devlin that as someone with four young children – all under the age of six at one stage – she understands the pressure.

Elsewhere in the interview, Edel reflects on how she has kept a diary since childhood when it was “all secret desires to be a writer” and today uses it to work through issues.

Breaking Point, published by Sphere, is set in New York where she has a job as a fragrance consultant when she was a 19-year-old student. Her French employers instructed her to concentrate on “le beau” at all times – and ticked her off for gift-wrapping inadequacies and not having a manicure.

However, she loved New York, and wanted to stay on, but her parents insisted she should return to Ireland and finish her degree. “I really feel there is a parallel Sliding Doors kind of life that might have happened in New York,” says Edel.


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Call for Submissions – Dedalus Press – A New Anthology of Love Poems

Submission Deadline: 28 February, 2022


Love in 21st century Ireland: what does it look like? How does it work? How has the nature of love changed in recent decades – through social reforms, changes in legislation, with the proliferation of digital media and online connections? What rituals are entirely new, what others appear timeless? What does the contemporary Irish love poem look like?

Continuing our long-established practice of producing innovative, engaging anthologies that shine a light on the changing nature of Irish life, Dedalus Press is pleased to announce an open call for submissions for a new anthology of love poems.

Submissions are invited from emerging as well as established poets. We warmly welcome submissions from women, people of colour, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and people with disabilities. We’re looking for the best poems, and hoping for the widest, most inclusive response to one of poetry’s perennial, essential subjects.


Editors Leeanne Quinn and Joseph Woods will take on the considerable task of reading and choosing from your submissions — poems traditional and experimental, quiet-spoken and declarative, timeless poems that focus on lovers (to the exclusion of all else) as well as poems that admit in the background glimpses of the world (and perhaps Ireland in particular) as it is today.


  1. Poets must be over 18 years of age, born on the island of Ireland (i.e. south or north) or presently in residence here.
  2. Poets may enter a maximum of 3 poems, in a single submission document (.doc, .docx or .PDF only). Poems longer than 40 lines cannot be considered. (Blank lines between stanzas should be counted but not the title or blank space before the first line.)
  3. Submissions should contain no personal or identifying information on the document itself. The submission window will ask for any information we may require in order to communicate with poets.
  4. Dedalus Press is an English-language publisher but submissions in Irish are welcome when accompanied by an English-language translation (in verse or prose). If chosen for publication, both the original Irish and English translation will be published together. (Line count, above, applies to the original poem and not to original and translation together.)
  5. Email and postal submissions cannot be considered. Poems can only be considered if submitted through the official online submission form. There is no charge for submitting work via the submission form. Doing so ensures that all prospective contributors are equal and that the work is judged on its own merits.
  6. Poems submitted may have been previously published in journals, magazines, or various broadcast formats (radio, Facebook, YouTube etc.) so long as copyright is held by the poet. Poems which have previously appeared in book form (i.e. individual collection, anthology, etc) cannot be considered. A publication fee €50 will be paid for each poem published.
  7. After acceptance, poets will receive .PDF proofs of their contributions and will have the opportunity to make small corrections. Re-writes or larger revisions cannot be accommodated.


Submissions and full details: