Writer in residence fellowship launched in UL

Acclaimed Irish novelist Joseph O'Connor, head of the new MA in Creative Writing in UL, which is offering a fellowship to writers
THE University of Limerick has announced details of a Writer in Residence Fellowship.

THE University of Limerick has announced details of a Writer in Residence Fellowship.

The fellowship, which ties into the MA in Creative Writing, overseen by acclaimed Irish novelist Joseph O’Connor, is to be supported by the Arts Council.

The fellowship is a funded writer residency and is open to applications from Limerick-based fiction writers of international reputation.

The Star of the Sea author was appointed as the inaugural Frank McCourt chair in creative writing in UL, and will take up his five year term in September.

The author has previously been writer in residence at UCD, but says the new MA in UL will have something different to those in other institutions.

“As a working professional novelist, I know the importance of collegiality and support,” he said this week of the fellowship.

“I am delighted that a major writer will be able to enjoy being part of the community at UL. This will benefit our students immensely,” he added.

The Writer Fellow will engage one-to-one with students on the new MA, together with O’Connor, and will participate in campus life in a number of ways as well as having the opportunity to further her/his own work.

The Fellowship will run from January to April 2015.

Sarah Bannan, Head of Literature at the Arts Council, said: “The Arts Council is the national agency for funding, developing and promoting the arts in Ireland and we are delighted to support UL in establishing a Writer’s Fellowship.”

Further information is available on the Arts Council website and applications are invited to Claire.Ryan@ul.ie. Deadline for application is August 8.

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