Creative Writing Residencies at Maynooth University and Kildare Arts and Library Services

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Maynooth University and Kildare Arts and Library Services are open to applications from writers of established reputation for two Creative Writing Residencies.


Both positions run from October 2021 – May 2022, with duties expected to average approximately six hours per week contact time with students and the wider public. The roles are designed to provide students and the broader community with the opportunity to engage with writers of distinction, as well as providing the writers with time to advance their current project(s). Recent Writers-in-Residence at Maynooth University include Paul Lynch, Christodoulos Makris, Eoin McNamee, Annemarie Ní Churreáin, Nathan O’Donnell, Sue Rainsford, Susan Tomaselli, and Joanna Walsh. The positions are open to writers across genres.


Successful Creative Writing Residencies applicants are required to be on campus or in Kildare Libraries approximately two days per week. For the University, Writers-in-Residence teach a workshop on ‘Creative Writing’ in the Spring term as part of the undergraduate degree, while workshops for Kildare Libraries are arranged separately. The post holders will also be expected to participate in the Kildare Readers’ Festival (October); to host readings/ events in a programme curated between the applicants, the University and the Kildare Library and Arts Service, with a budget set aside for the purpose; and to publicize their events / workshops through social media. Since these are public-facing residencies, the Writers-in-Residence must demonstrate willingness to be representatives of the University and to be part of the University community. Writers will be provided with office space on the campus of Maynooth University.


The total fee for each post is €15,000, including expenses depending on contract start date and availability. The candidate will be a self-employed person for tax purposes in Ireland and will be solely responsible for all income tax, PRSI and other such payments due in respect of the remuneration paid.


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