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Words Ireland National Mentoring Programme 2020

Congratulations to the 23 writers who will receive one-to-one mentoring from professional writer-mentors over the coming year.

We at Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Dublin City Libraries are delighted to support Words Ireland in their National Mentoring Programme 2020.

The 23 writers were announced today, 7th July! A full list of can be found HERE 

Here’s a bit more about one of the lucky recipients Triona Campbell. We look forward to working with her in the future.

Photo: Michael Donnelly

Triona Campbell is an award-winning television producer who has been creating content for kids and young adults for over two decades.  To date, she has garnered two International EMMY nominations and two Kidscreen awards for her work in this area. Currently, she is producing “Gamer Mode”, a TV series on video games and technology for RTE.  She can also be found asking questions on the upcoming RTE podcast “Gamer mode parents edition: Raising Digital Natives”.

A graduate of Trinity College’s Drama department Triona got her first break in the arts working backstage at the Olympia panto with Twink and Dustin (she is THAT old, and she has been a Panto addict ever since). Alongside working in film and television, she spent time developing story ideas at a monthly children’s writers’ group at the Irish Writers Centre,  and, dipped her toes in further by taking several of Sarah Webb’s writing for children courses. In 2019, Triona decided to do the Masters in Creative writing at the Oscar Wilde Centre in Trinity and left it wholly smitten by Children’s/YA writing.

Her first work as a writer was a radio drama/podcast series for kids “YOUNG PIRATE QUEEN” based on the fictional adventures of a young Grace O’Malley.  The series created by Triona is in postproduction, was produced remotely during the COVID 19 lockdown and is due to air online and on RTE Radio Jnr in September 2020.

In between writing and creating television, she also writes short pieces on Instagram @storyrealms (where she tests out new material and book ideas). She is currently working on her Debut Novel, “PLAY”, a high concept thriller set in the world of Video Games. She is delighted and grateful for the support of Words Ireland, National Mentoring Programme 2020, Dublin City Centre mentorship supported by the Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Dublin City Libraries in developing this work.

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