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Prague UNESCO City of Literature Writers‘ Residencies 2019

Prague, our sister UNESCO City of Literature, are launching their 2019 Writers Residency and want to hear from Irish writers!

Prague City of Literature offers residency stays for foreign writers and translators. There are six residencies available for 2019, each lasting two months. Prague City of Literature reimburses the resident for a return ticket, provides accommodation for free and a stipend of 600 euro per month.

All the information is on their website: including the application form.


• Cultural interest in the location
• Basic knowledge of English language
• At least one published literary work (not a private edition) or two broadcast or published radio dramas or one carried out or published theatre play or at least one translated work of a Czech author
• Willingness to participate in the local literary life (author readings, meeting students, talks, activities arranged by the receiving institution or connected to the cultural events of the city)
• Work on writing during the stay
• Authors who have already received the scholarship can’t apply again
• The Resident undertakes that, in the course of the residency stay or no later than within 2 months from its termination, he/she will provide the Municipal Library in Prague with the text inspired by the stay that the Municipal Library in Prague, through the project “Prague City of Literature“, will be authorized to use to promote Prague’s residencies. The Municipal Library in Prague will enter into a licence agreement with the Resident
for the purpose of using the text in electronic as well as printed version.

Deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, August 31, 2018, 12 am CET

Waterford Poetry Prize 2018

The Arts Office, Waterford City & County Council is pleased to announce details of the Waterford Poetry Prize 2018. The Waterford Poetry Prize is open to all writers currently living on the island of Ireland.

The prize will be presented at the Waterford Writers Weekend, curated by Rick O’ Shea, 26th to 28th October 2018 during the Imagine Arts Festival in Waterford city.

There is no age limit and no entry fee for the Waterford Poetry Prize 2018.

The first prize is €400 plus attendance at a designated writing course at the Molly Keane Writers Retreat, Ardmore in 2019. 2nd prize €300.  3rd prize €200. The closing date for receipt of entries is 4pm on Friday 10th August 2018.

The entry form and guidelines can be downloaded from and or by contacting the Arts Office on 058/41416.

Hinterland Festival of Literature and Arts

The Hinterland Festival of Literature and Arts takes place this weekend 21st to 24th June in Kells, Co. Meath. Literature, sport, history, cookery, politics, journalism, architecture, the law, music, travel, security feature in the programme. In addition to literary guests such as Colm Tóibín, John Banville, Lisa McInerney, Liz Nugent, Frank McGuinness, Maggie O’Farrell, Michael Harding and John McKenna, the Rick O’Shea Book Club will feature for the first time. Rick will be discussing Oh My God What a Complete Aisling by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen with four onstage critics – the authors themselves will talk about their best-selling book on Saturday morning.

Solar Bones by Mike McCormack wins the 2018 International DUBLIN Literary Award

Irish author Mike McCormack has won the 2018 International DUBLIN Literary Award for his novel Solar Bones. The Award is organised and sponsored by Dublin City Council and at €100,000 is the world’s largest prize for a single novel published in English. Mike McCormack is the fourth Irish author to win the prize in its 23-year history.

Uniquely, the Award receives its nominations from public libraries in cities around the globe and recognises both writers and translators. The winner was announced at a ceremony in Dublin’s Mansion House today.

Mike McCormack is an award-winning novelist and short story writer from County Mayo, Ireland. In 1996 he was awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and in 2007 he was awarded a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship. In 2016 he won the Goldsmiths Prize and the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Award for best novel for Solar Bones. He was elected to Aosdána in May 2018. He currently lives in Galway, Ireland.

The winning novel was chosen from a total of 150 titles, nominated by libraries in 111 cities across 37 countries.  It was first published by Tramp Press, an independent Irish publisher founded by Sarah Davis-Goff and Lisa Coen. The shortlist of ten novels, as chosen by an international panel of judges, included novels from four continents.

Commenting on his win, Mike McCormack said: ‘I am delighted to receive this unique prize which continues to recognise the valuable work of libraries around the world. To have Solar Bones chosen from a shortlist with such a broad international outlook is a special honour indeed. I have always thought that the inclusion of translated work is a particularly valuable aspect of the International DUBLIN Literary Award; these different voices and the diverse ways in which they tell their stories ensures that the novel in English does not become dull or complacent. Long may the prize continue to reach out with such intellectual and artistic curiosity across the world.’ 

Speaking at the winner announcement, Lord Mayor & Patron of the Award Mícheál Mac Donncha remarked; ‘The International DUBLIN Literary Award is a great Dublin success and a great international success – and our thanks go to all who are involved in making the Award work – writers, translators, publishers, librarians, and the administrative staff of the City Council.’

The prize money was presented to the winner by Owen Keegan, Chief Executive of the Award’s founders and sponsors, Dublin City Council. The Award is a key part of the City’s work in promoting Dublin as a UNESCO City of Literature, and as a great place for people to live, work in, and visit.

See for more details.

Poetry Day in Pearse St Library

Celebrate Poetry Day at Pearse St Library on Thursday 26 April at 6.30pm at “I Hear It in the Deep Heart’s Core”  with Guthanna Binne Síoraí.

Celebrating the poetry of WB Yeats in word and song. Artistic Director Cathal Quinn and musician, composer and singer Enda Reilly take you on a journey through the poetry of Yeats, spoken and sung in English and Irish, with translations by Gabriel Rosenstock.  

Enda sets many of the well-known Yeats poems to music, adding a rich addition to these magnificent works, with some pithy and witty explanations in between the poems.

Booking recommended: email / 01 6744888

International Dublin Literary Award Shortlist Announced

The International Dublin Literary Award shortlist was announced this morning. The list includes six novels in translations, six are by women authors and two Irish authors feature on the shortlist of ten – Eimear McBride’s The Lesser Bohemians and Solar Bones by Mike McCormack.

Titles are nominated by public libraries in major cities around the world. The prize of €100,000 is awarded to the author of the winning book. However, if the winning book is in English translation, €75,000 is awarded to the author and €25,000 to the translator.. The winner will be announced on 13th June.

More details can be found at

Ljubljana International Literary Residency

Ljubljana UNESCO City of Literature is offering two one-month reseidencies for writers at the newly restored Svicarija/Swisshouse Creative Centre. It is open to writers connected with any of the UNESCO Cities of Literature. 

Writer in the Park, Ljubljana International Literary Residency

Ljubljana, a UNESCO City of Literature since 2015, offers two one-month residencies for writers at the newly restored Švicarija/Swisshouse Creative Centre, which is part of the International Centre of Graphic Arts. 

September and November, 2018 (one month per residency/applicant).

The residency is aimed at foreign published writers with a palpable, factual relation with any of the other UNESCO Cities of Literature that has to be apparent and described as part of the application.
The applicant must have published at least one book of fiction (be it prose, poetry or drama) in their language. There are no restrictions regarding age, race, gender or nationality. Though writers of all genres are currently welcome to apply, a specific focus might be chosen for calls in the following years.

Each resident will be provided with a stipend of €650. Up to additional €350 is available for travel costs (costs exceeding this sum are to be paid by the applicant). Each resident will stay in their own, separate and fully equipped apartment with a kitchenette at Švicarija/Swisshouse, along with other artists-residents, artists, and exhibitions. 
Local public transportation costs will be covered. Access to the Internet will be provided. Through targeted activities and networking possibilities, suited to each resident’s profile, the organisers will help them get to know the vibrant art and literary scene in Ljubljana. Opportunities for public presentation of the residents’ work will be made possible, as well as meetings with translators, if necessary and/or applicable. During the resident’s stay, some group activities, such as meetings with the organizer, publishers etc., may be scheduled. Residents are required to take care of medical insurance and are responsible for their meals and household. Additional guests cannot be hosted.

Though residents are not required to undertake, and apply with, a specific project for the duration of their stay, they are nonetheless expected to create a short literary piece (a story, an essay, a series of poems), in one way or another pertaining to the Švicarija/Swisshouse’s central concept of »community, art and nature«, and Ljubljana, a UNESCO city of literature, that they will be willing, and able, to present to the public (e.g., at a reading). This piece will be translated and published in a chosen medium (literary and other magazines, whether it be printed or online, newspapers, etc.); we do not, however, reserve any rights. The resident is encouraged to show an interest, and partake, in local literary events and other related activities—which will be coordinated according to other local events as well as the needs and interests of the given resident—however, at least one public performance (e.g., a reading of the piece, completed at the residency) is required. Unless agreed otherwise, there are no additional honoraria for these activities.

Švicarija/Swisshouse Creative Centre is a new cultural, educational and social hub located in the heart of Ljubljana’s central park—situated just a few steps from the city centre—which offers public programmes, studio facilities for local artists, and residencies for international artists and experts. The centre is also a home to extensive public programme that follows the concept of “community, art and nature”. It is part of MGLC – International Centre of Graphic Arts, a specialised museum, producer of printed and contemporary art, and provider of artist residencies, based on the heritage of the 20th century art of printing and Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, world’s oldest printmaking biennale which has been running uninterrupted since 1955.

Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, was a World Book Capital in 2010. After being awarded a UNESCO City of Literature in 2015, it joined a world-wide network of 28 cities, and committed to actively promote literature, reading culture, and engage in activities that would strengthen the collaboration in the field of writing and publishing. Ljubljana bursts with a vibrant art scene and offers an array of diverse literary events from alternative performances to big international festivals. The residency offers peace and quiet for uninterrupted writing, yet it also offers the possibility to actively engage in the city’s literary life.

– Name
– Address
– Nationality
– Date of birth
– Originating UNESCO City of Literature
– Relation to originating UNESCO City of Literature
– Books published (most recent; at least one; if translated, list languages)
-Current interests and projects (up to 150 words)
– What will you most likely focus on during the residency: manuscript/project/networking/other
Preferred month (September/November/no preference)

Contact via this email or call +386 41 541 306 in case of any questions.


Ljubljana Literary Residency Program is supported by Municipality of Ljubljana, Department for Culture and Švicarija/Swisshouse Creative Centre.

Dublin One City One Book Programme 2018 Launched

Ardmhéara Bhaile Átha Cliath Mícheál Mac Donncha, launched the 2018 Dublin: One City One Book programme of events today on the eve of International Women’s Day.

The Long Gaze Back – An Anthology of Irish Women Writers edited by Sinéad Gleeson, joins a long list of illustrious titles as this year’s featured book in the Dublin: One City One Book Festival. As suggested by the title, this book is rooted in the present with emerging writers, while looking back to the flag bearers of Irish women’s writing.

The month-long festival will feature dramatised readings, music, song and poetry, discussions with the featured authors, walking tours, talks on topics such as the tradition of women’s short fiction in Ireland, gender balance and anthologies, writing workshops, exhibitions and much more. Many of the events are free.

The flagship event of this year’s festival is ‘Our Stories Ourselves’ an evening of music, readings and discussion in The Great Hall, Royal Hospital Kilmainham on Wednesday 25th April. Madeleine Keane will chair a discussion panel comprising Anne Enright, Lisa McInerney, Christine Dwyer Hickey and Sinéad Gleeson. Actor Cathy Belton will read excerpts from the book and critically-acclaimed musician and singer Lisa Hannigan will perform. This event is free but booking is essential at

Speaking at the launch an tArdmhéara said “It is very fitting that this year’s book choice for the Dublin: One City One Book Festival is an anthology of Irish women writers. In the year in which we celebrate the centenary of the Suffragette movement, it is important to highlight women writers’ contribution to the arts, both historically and at the present time. The book spans four centuries of women’s writing and brings voices from Ireland’s past together with contemporary writers.”

Sinéad Gleeson said: “I’m thrilled and delighted on behalf of the 30 writers, past and present, that The Long Gaze Back is this year’s Dublin: One City One Book choice. Anthologies are a platform for telling multiple stories and so many of the writers and their work included here are intrinsically connected to Dublin and its people. The book arose from a desire to amplify the voices of women who write, and being chosen for Dublin: One City One Book will help to introduce these talented writers to all kinds of new readers.”

Dublin City Librarian Margaret Hayes added “This collection of stories embraces writers of the past, present and of the future, an anthology of diversity and talent. With themes universal and contemporary, and settings urban and rural, it includes some of our best writers in a genre much loved by the Irish reader and storyteller. Dublin City Libraries wishes to showcase the full catalogue of these women writers, many of whom will be well known to readers but others who may have slipped a little from view and who deserve to be looked at anew.”

The Long Gaze Back is available to borrow from libraries and to buy in bookshops. Pick up a copy of the printed programme of events in libraries and bookshops across Dublin.

The Festival is organised by Dublin City Council’s Public Library Service. Dublin: One City One Book is supported by New Island Books, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and RTÉ Supporting The Arts.

View the Dublin: One City One Book Programme here: 2018 One City One Book Programme

Beckett in Foxrock – First Love

Beckett in Foxrock – a performance of First Love in Tullow Church, Foxrock on Saturday 24th March.

First Love is possibly Samuel Beckett’s funniest short story. It tells the tale of a man who falls in love in peculiar circumstances – having been turned out of his own home. John Banville felt it is “the most nearly perfect short story ever written.”

First Love is performed by Marcus Lamb who recently played Bob Cratchit in the feature film The Man who Invented Christmas and Dr. James Oakley in RTÉ’s Fair City. Marcus also enthralled the audience with his performance in The End, last year’s Beckett in Foxrock production.

Beckett in Foxrock 2018 – First Love is the third annual celebration of the Nobel Laureate’s close connection with Foxrock. Samuel Beckett was born and brought up in Brighton Road, just yards from Tullow Church which he attended in the company of his mother. The Foxrock area and many of its residents feature in much of his work. Book tickets here

Maeve Brennan: From New York to Shanghai


Thursday, 22 March, 6:30 p.m.

Venue: Trinity Centre for Literary and Cultural Translation, 36 Fenian Street, Dublin 2

This is a free event but seating is limited. To reserve a seat, please email


As part of its Chinese New Year celebrations, Literature Ireland is pleased to present an evening in celebration of Maeve Brennan’s writing and its universal and enduring appeal from New York to Shanghai.


Declan Meade, publisher and editor of The Stinging Fly, which has republished two books by Maeve Brennan – The Springs of Affection (2016) and The Long-winded Lady (2017) – in recent years, will moderate a discussion between writer, editor, broadcaster and journalist Sinéad Gleeson and Literature Ireland–Trinity College Dublin Translator in Residence Yiming Jin.


Yiming Jin is the 2018 awardee of the residential bursary for literary translators co-awarded by Literature Ireland and the Trinity Centre for Literary and Cultural Translation. Yiming will stay in Dublin until mid-May, working on her translation of Maeve Brennan’s short story collection The Springs of Affection: Stories of Dublin. Originally from Shanghai, Yiming was an assistant professor and lecturer in English at Fudan University (2006–2012), and recipient of the Fulbright FLTA grant (2010–2011), before she moved to the U.S. in 2012. She now lives in Savannah, Georgia, and is a doctoral fellow of Curriculum Studies at Georgia Southern University. She has translated works by writers including Shirley Jackson, A.B. Yehoshua, Stephen King, James Patterson, Robert Olen Butler, Arthur Golden and Diane Setterfield. 


Sinéad Gleeson is an arts journalist and broadcaster. She presents The Book Show on RTÉ Radio, reports on RTÉ’s arts show The Works and writes for The Irish Times. She has published essays, stories and poems in Granta, Winter Papers, Gorse and Banshee, among others. She edited The Long Gaze Back (2015) and The Glass Shore (2016), anthologies of short fiction by Irish women writers. Her debut novel will be published by Picador in spring 2019.