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Red Line Book Festival Writer-in-Residence Sought

The Red Line Book Festival is is currently inviting submissions from qualified participants for consideration for their Writer-in-Residence Scheme.

The ninth annual Red Line Book Festival will take place from 12th – 18th October 2020, and features local, national and international authors, as well as panels, workshops, theatrical productions, children’s events and more.

Given the uncertain times we are currently living through, we are committed to hosting a festival, and a writer-in-residence, however, quite honestly, at this stage, we’re not sure what format the festival and the residency will take. Will we still be locked down in October? What will the literary world be like by then, after however long? How will the local, national and global communities have responded, and continue to respond?

With this in mind, the theme of this year’s residency is Connection Reset. Stemming from an internet term for when the site you are connected to has reset the connection, isn’t that what the whole world is going through right now? Aren’t we all finding new and meaningful ways of connecting and, necessity being the mother of invention, redefining the whole process of human connection?

The Writer-in-Residence (WIR) will be contracted on a part-time basis for ten weeks, from before the launch of the festival until after its completion. We want someone to fully engage with the theme, and the applicant will need to be hugely flexible and adaptable to the current situation – how will this be delivered, and to whom? Let’s find out together.

A hugely important aspect of the scheme is supporting the selected writer, in these uncertain times, providing them a firmer financial footing to further their own work.

More details on the Residency 

If you have any queries, please contact

The Red Line Book Festival Writer-in-Residence programme is supported by South Dublin Libraries and Arts.

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