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Words Ireland National Mentoring Programme – Announcement

Words Ireland have announced the 23 lucky writers who will receive one-to-one mentoring from professional writer-mentors over the coming year. With almost 250 applications this year, the quality and ambition of applicants’ work continues to rise.  

Congratulations to all recipients of the National Mentoring Programme. The successful writers are:

Sean TannerLiterary fictionAll Other Counties – Arts Council
Simon CostelloPoetryAll Other Counties – Arts Council
Ali IsaacCreative non-fictionAll Other Counties – Arts Council
Milena WilliamsonPoetryAll Other Counties – Arts Council
Molly TwomeyPoetryAll Other Counties – Arts Council
TBCLiterary fictionEmbassy of Columbia in Ireland
Triona CampbellChildren’s / YADublin City Libraries
Nidhi Zak/Aria EipeCreative non-fictionDublin UNESCO City of Literature
Kevin GrahamPoetryFingal Arts
Rachel SneydChildren’s / YAFingal Arts
Courtney SmythChildren’s / YASouth Dublin Arts Office
Maria KennyLiterary fictionSouth Dublin Arts Office
Katie MartinPoetrySouth Dublin Arts Office
Hanahazukashi CepedaLiterary fictionGalway City Arts Office
Ruth EnnisChildren’s / YAKildare Arts Service
Kevin ConroyPoetryKildare Arts Service
Nora BrennanLiterary fictionKilkenny Arts Office
Peter DelaneyLiterary fictionLimerick City & County Arts Office
Anne Walsh DonnellyPoetryMayo Arts Office
Angela LyonsNovelMeath Arts Office
Eve McDonnellChildren’s / YACounty Wexford Arts Department
Amy BarryPoetryRoscommon Arts Centre
Eilish FisherChildren’s / YAWicklow Arts Office
Natalie RyanLiterary fictiondlr Arts Office & dlr Libraries

Five mentorships are available to writers living in ‘all other counties’ on the island thanks to funding from the Arts Council, who also make the administration of the National Mentoring Programme viable. The selected mentee will be announced in the near future.

All 24 mentees will work their chosen mentors, who this year include Dermot Bolger, Sarah Crossan, Sara Baume, Thomas McCarthy, Dave Rudden, Nessa O’Mahony, Peter Sirr and others to be confirmed.

This year, the Embassy of Colombia in Ireland is supporting a special, 24th, fiction mentorship with acclaimed Colombian writer Jorge Franco. This mentee will be announced in the near future. Jorge Franco will also offer an online creative writing seminar to all past and present mentees.

18 of these 23 mentorships were made possible thanks to the generous support and funding of 14 different arts offices, arts centres, libraries and literature organisations. These are:
Dublin City Libraries
Dublin UNESCO City of Literature
Fingal Arts
South Dublin Arts Office
Galway City Arts Office
Kildare Arts Service
Kilkenny Arts Office
Limerick City & County Arts Office
Mayo Arts Office
Meath Arts Office
County Wexford Arts Department
Roscommon Arts Centre
Wicklow Arts Office
dlr Arts Office & dlr Libraries

Mentors are chosen by the mentees from a growing panel of experienced, professional writers. If you’re a professional writer with three or more books published to date, and you have significant creative writing teaching or mentoring experience, contact info@wordsireland.ie to have your name added to the panel of mentors.

For more information on Words Ireland see: http://wordsireland.ie/