Sunday, 6 March 2016

Artist Engagement Programme with Kerry County Council - Writer in Residence

One with a close deadline: 4.00pm on March 10th 2016

Kerry County Council, in partnership with the Arts Council of Ireland, wishes to contract a Writer as part of its Artist Engagement Programme for 2016.

The Residency will be a part-time position (20 hour week - 7 hours of which is for the Writer’s own work development) which will allow time both for the writer’s own work in addition to engagement and interaction with the general public and more specifically with people interested in writing themselves.

It is intended that the writer will have a room available to them at Kerry County Museum in Tralee for their own writing hours as well as office administrative support at the Arts Office, Kerry County Council, Tralee.

The Residency is open to writers in all genres, and should have a countywide impact. As part of this Residency, the successful applicant will be asked to stimulate greater awareness of the art of creative writing as well as encouraging more opportunities for people to engage with the work of writers. The writer’s ability to mentor up-coming writers, young people and those interested in developing their writing skills must be clearly demonstrated in the application material.

The residency this year will focus on the theme of County Kerry from 1916 to 2016. This theme can be explored through a wide range of possible approaches. 


In the past, writers in residence have engaged with schools and writers groups and have organised workshops and engaged in one-to-one discussions with writers in the area. The Arts Office is open to new approaches and responses around the public engagement aspect for this residency.

Application Requirements 

Applicants are asked to submit the following material:
  • A typed curriculum vitae (maximum 3 pages)
  • Examples of previous work
  • Publications, programmes or published articles, such as reviews
  • A typed proposal outlining artistic ideas and approaches (two typed pages); this should include an outline of the benefits of the residency to her/his stage of development as a writer, and ideas in relation to public engagement during the residency with detailed suggestions for workshops or public/community engagement
  • Two letters of reference 
 Criteria for Selection
  • Irish citizen / permanent resident of Ireland
  • Active in the writing profession
  • Artistic merit and distinctiveness of proposal
  • Balance of same to reflect the 50/50 expected outcomes
  • Suitability of the proposal
  • Quality of previous work
  • Experience in teaching creative writing preferred
  • Experience developing and successfully delivering programs, workshops, and readings
Shortlisted applicants will be called for interview in April 2016.


The total budget for the residency is €14,400.  

Applications should be submitted to:
Writer in Residence
The Arts Office
Kerry County Council
County Kerry

Please refer any queries to Kate Kennelly, Arts Officer on 066 71 83541 or email

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