Previous Residents

Find out more about our previous artists-in-residence

Writers

Eibhear Walshe

Eibhear Walshe 

October - November 2017

L’écrivain Eibhear Walshe vit à Cork, où il enseigne à l’University College. Il est l’auteur de plusieurs mémoires, critiques littéraires et biographies (d’Oscar Wilde ou Colm Tóibín notamment) et le co-éditeur de l’ouvrage Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks, publié par la Royal Irish Academy. Au CCI, il achèvera l’écriture de son nouveau roman : l’histoire d’une escroquerie et ses conséquences pour une Irlandaise vivant à Paris.


Nicole Flattery

Nicole Flattery 

September - October 2017

Originally from Westmeath, author Nicole Flattery won an Arts Council Award in 2016. Her first book of short stories will be published in 2018 by The Stinging Fly. While in Paris, she will combine writing with her passion for cinema in a short story based on the life of Anna Karina, actress and muse of the Nouvelle Vague.


Caoilinn Hughes

Caoilinn Hughes 

September - September 2017

Alors que sa poésie est régulièrement publiée dans des revues littéraires et récompensée, l’auteure Caoilinn Hughes s’apprête à publier son premier roman Orchid & the Wasp en 2018. Lors de sa résidence au CCI, Caoilinn travaillera sur sa nouvelle œuvre de fiction
Photo : ©Danijel Mihajlovic

La Médiathèque rencontre… Caoilinn Hughes 26/9/2017


Rob Doyle

Rob Doyle 

January - March 2017

Rob Doyle’s debut in the Irish literary world has been noteworthy. His first novel Here Are the Young Men (2014) was chosen as a book of the year in The Irish Times, Sunday Times, Independent and Sunday Business Post. It was shortlisted for the Newcomer of the Year award in the Irish Book Awards. His second book, This Is the Ritual, was published in January 2016. Rob is also a writer of essays and literary reviews. While in Paris, he will work on a new book which combines fiction, autobiography and travel-writing as well as critical and biographical explorations of writers such as the Romanian philosopher Emil Cioran - who lived in the city for many years - Georges Bataille and André Breton. https://robdoyle.net/

Festival: New Writings, New Styles 3-4/03/2017


Caitriona O’Reilly

Caitriona O’Reilly 

November - December 2016

Caitriona O’Reilly is from Wicklow and was educated at Trinity College Dublin, where she completed a PhD on American poetry. Her first book, The Nowhere Birds, was published in 2001. It was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and won the Rooney Prize in Irish Literature in 2002. Her second collection, The Sea Cabinet, was published in 2006. It was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Prize. Her third collection, Geis, also a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, was published in 2015 by Bloodaxe Books (UK) and Wake Forest University Press (USA). During her residency in Paris, she will develop new ideas through engaging with the material culture housed in the Musee National du Moyen Âge, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle and archaeological sections of the Louvre Museum.


Una Mullally

Una Mullally 

November - December 2016

Una Mullally is a writer with The Irish Times, where she runs the Ipop culture blog PopLife, as well as an author and spoken-word artist. She writes about LGBT issues, feminism, social justice issues and the arts. She co-founded the ‘Come Rhyme With Me’ event, spanning all elements of spoken word from poetry to rap. Her first book, In The Name Of Love, an oral history of the Irish marriage equality movement, was published in 2014. At CCI, she will work on her second book on contemporary feminism in Ireland, improve her practice as a spoken-word artist and add to her writing about Irish queer identity.


Pat Boran

Pat Boran 

September - October 2016

Pat Boran is an Irish poet, fiction writer, editor and broadcaster. He has published five full-length collections of poetry as well as a New and Selected volume, translated into a number of languages. His most recent book is Waveforms (2015), a volume of haiku and photographs exploring Bull Island in Dublin Bay. He has also published a number of books of fiction for adults and children, and edited more than a dozen anthologies of poetry and prose. He is a former editor of Poetry Ireland Review and presenter of The Poetry Programme and The Enchanted Way on RTE Radio 1. http://www.patboran.com/

Image : Dedalus Press

La Médiathèque rencontre… Pat Boran 22/9/2016


Sonya Kelly

Sonya Kelly 

April - June 2016

Sonya Kelly studied Drama and Classics at Trinity College, Dublin. Her theatre work includes collaborations with the Gate Theatre, Druid Theatre, The Corn Exchange, Fishamble: The New Play Company, Rough Magic, Kabosh Theatre and Pan Pan. Sonya has also performed her own work in Ireland, the UK and America. She has peformed twice at the CCI while touring The Wheelchair on My Face (2012) and How to Keep an Alien (2015). She is working on both theatre and non-fiction pieces during her residency.

Meet our artists 8/06/2015


Liv O’Donoghue and Gina Moxley

Liv O’Donoghue and Gina Moxley 

January - February 2016

Liv O’Donoghue is a choreographer and performer based in Dublin. She has worked extensively with companies and choreographers including John Scott's Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Junk Ensemble and Dead Centre, touring throughout Europe and the USA. Together with actor and writer Gina Moxley, she will work on a cross-collaborative physical theatre performance based on the films Three Approaches to Psychotherapy (1965) also known as The Gloria Films.

How to Keep an Alien 24 - 25/11 2015
The Wheelchair on My Face 5/06 2012
La Médiathèque rencontre…Gina Moxley 9/12 2010
Rencontre with 5 women writers 19/10 2007

12 Minute Dances 7 - 8/10 2010


Darragh McKeon

Darragh McKeon 

January - January 2016

Born in 1979, Darragh McKeon spent most of his early career as a theatre director. He has worked at The Royal Court (London), The Young Vic (London) and Steppenwolf (Chicago). His writing has been short-listed for the Francis MacManus Short Story Award and the Filmbase/ RTE Short Film Award. Published in 2014, his first novel is a powerful account of the Chernobyl disaster entitled All that is Solid Melts into Air. It was translated into French in 2015 under the title Tout ce qui est solide se dissout dans l'air. McKeon is currently working on a novel that interweaves the industrial revolution in Argentina and Uruguay with the Jazz Age in Paris. https://www.darraghmckeon.com/

La Médiathèque rencontre… Darragh McKeon 26/01/2016


Katherine Waugh

 

September - January 2016

Katherine Waugh is a writer, filmmaker and curator. She co-directed the award-winning film The Art of Time and recently co-curated Schizo Culture: Cracks in the Street, an exhibition and series of events at the Institut Français and SPACE London. While in Paris, Katherine will pursue her research on the influence Antonin Artaud had on contemporary art, film and literature for an experimental artistic project.


Paddy Bushe

Paddy Bushe 

September - November 2015

A widely published poet working in both English and Irish, Paddy Bushe’s most recent collection is My Lord Buddha of Carraig Eanna (2012). He was elected as a member of Aosdána in 2008. During his residency, Paddy will compose a bilingual series of poems responding to the artwork of the galleries and public spaces of Paris. He also intends to establish contact with French poets with a view to mutual translation.

La Médiathèque rencontre… Paddy Bushe & Caitriona O’Reilly 27/10/2015


Denyse Woods

Denyse Woods 

March - July 2015

Denyse Woods, who also writes as Denyse Devlin, is the author of five novels, including the critically-acclaimed Overnight to Innsbruck and the bestselling The Catalpa Tree. During her residency, Denyse will be researching a new novel and focusing particularly on Debussy’s discovery of Javanese gamelan (traditional ensemble music) at the World Fair in Paris in 1889.


Róise Goan

Róise Goan 

March - July 2015

Róise Goan works variously as a curator, producer, writer and dramaturg in the performing arts. In 2007 she founded Project Brand New, a platform for new work across disciplines, and directed the Dublin Fringe Festival from 2008 to 2013. She also wrote the award-winning television series Aifric. While in Paris, Goan will conclude a research project on arts management.
 


Mia Gallagher

Mia Gallagher 

January - April 2015

Mia Gallagher’s award-winning fiction has been published in Ireland and internationally. Her debut novel HellFire (Penguin, 2006) was widely acclaimed and excerpts from her second novel have been published in the US, UK, Ireland and Italy. While at the CCI, Mia plans to work on a series of stories exploring mythological transformations in a contemporary setting.

La Médiathèque rencontre… Bronagh Gallagher et Mia Gallagher 16/4/15
La Médiathèque rencontre… Mia Gallagher 7/4/15


Michael O’Loughlin

Michael O’Loughlin 

September - December 2014

Michael O'Loughlin was born in Dublin in 1958. He has published many collections of poetry, the most recent of which is In This Life (2011). He has also written screenplays, essays, short fiction and is active as a translator, particularly of Dutch poetry. During his residency he will be working on translation of his work with French translators. In recent years he has spent a lot of time in the Montagne Noire in Languedoc, heartland of the Troubadours, and he plans to work on some translations from their work.

Event with artiist:
La Médiathèque rencontre… Michael O’Loughlin 20 Nov, 2014


Polly Devlin

Polly Devlin 

September - December 2014

Polly Devlin is a writer, broadcaster and film maker. She was born in a remote area in Northern Ireland in the 1940s. Her first book All of Us There is now a Virago Modern Classic; her last book was A Year in the Life of an English Meadow In 1993 she received an OBE for services to literature. She is currently an adjunct Professor at Barnard College, Columbia University, New York. She is working on a book about Irish history at the end of the 16th century and also on a book about New York houses. http://www.pollydevlin.com/

Event with artist
Regard sur l’Irlande: Polly Devlin 9 Oct, 2014


Siobhán Parkinson

Siobhán Parkinson 

May - July 2014

Ireland’s first Laureate for Children’s Literature (2010-12), Siobhán Parkinson has been writing for over twenty years and has published twenty-five works of which two are novels for adults. She is also a publisher with Little Island Books and translates children’s novels from German into English. At the CCI, she will work on a novel for 10-12-year-olds, based on a conversation she had with a little girl she met during a workshop she ran here at the CCI in 2012! http://www.siobhanparkinson.com/

Event with artist
Rencontre avec Siobhán Parkinson 6/07 2014


Mary Costello

Mary Costello 

May - July 2014

Writer Mary Costello’s stories have been published in various anthologies and literary journals, including The Faber Anthology of New Irish Writing (2013), and have been broadcast on RTE and BBC radio. Her first book, a collection of short stories entitled The China Factory (2012), was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award and the Irish Book Awards. Her first novel Academy Street is published this year and she will be working on her second, A Beautiful Loan, while on residency at the CCI.

Event with artist
La Médiathèque rencontre… Mary Costello 10/06/2014


Thomas Martin

Thomas Martin 

January - April 2014

Thomas Martin is an Irish screenwriter. He was awarded the Sundance Institute’s Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Commissioning Grant in 2013. His work in film also won him a place on the Guiding Lights Programme – the UK film industry’s leading mentorship scheme. Thomas has worked on top television dramas for RTE and the BBC and is currently writing an original drama series for BBC Northern Ireland. He will use his time in Paris to focus on researching a new film as well as finishing The Absence Sonata – a screenplay he is writing for Rainmark Films with the support of the Irish Film Board and Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute.

Event with artist:
La Médiathèque rencontre… Thomas Martin 25/02 2014


Trevor Knight

Trevor Knight 

September - December 2013

Trevor Knight is a composer/writer/director who will work on a new collaboration based around the concept of the ‘Filthy Stranded Angel’. Trevor emphasises the transformative power of simultaneous activity, where various disciplines can intersect and ultimately create an entirety of sound, movement and image.


Nell Regan

Nell Regan 

September - October 2013

While in residence, poet Nell Regan will complete her third collection with the working title Half Light. The collection consists of a body of individual poems written over five years, many of which have already been published in leading Irish, US & international journals, as well as two long sequences Passage and Thirty-Six Views of the Sugarloaf.

Event with artist:
La Médiathèque rencontre… Nell McCafferty & Nell Regan 8/10 2013


Nell McCafferty

Nell McCafferty 

September - October 2013

Nell McCafferty is a well-known writer, broadcaster and journalist who was to the forefront of the Irish Women’s Liberation Movement in the early seventies. She has written extensively about Northern Ireland, including Peggy Deery an account of the only woman shot on Bloody Sunday. She will work on her new novel while in Paris.

Event with artist:
La Médiathèque rencontre…Nell McCafferty & Nell Regan 8/10 2013


Gerard Smyth

Gerard Smyth 

May - June 2013

Poet Gerard Smyth writes with controlled passion and lyrical intensity. The spare language and his affectionate but exacting knowledge of contemporary life combine with unobstrusive faith in human possibility to give Gerard Smyth’s later poems relevance, music and unique depth. The Fullness of Time: New and Selected Poems (1969 - 2009) was published by Dedalus in 2010.

Event with artist:
Poésie et Prose de l’Irlande 2008 9 - 11/10 2008


Jaki McCarrick

Jaki McCarrick 

April - June 2013

A graduate of Trinity College, Dublin and Middlesex University, Jaki McCarrick writes plays, fiction and poetry. Leopoldville won the 2010 Papatango Award for New Writing and Belfast Girls was shortlisted for the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Her short story, The Visit, won the 2010 Wasafiri Short Fiction Prize.  Her debut collection of short stories, The Scattering, has just been published by Seren Books. Jaki is currently writing her first novel.

Event with artist:
La Médiathèque rencontre…Jaki McCarrick 23/05 2013


Carmel Winters

Carmel Winters 

January - April 2013

Writer and director Carmel Winters enjoyed critical success with her play B for Baby in the Abbey Theatre; it later won Best New Play award from the Irish Times. Her film SNAP won Best Irish Feature and Best Director in the Dublin Critics Circle Awards. Her residency will be devoted to researching the personal, cultural and political experiences of Maud Gonne during her many extended periods of residence in Paris. This will inform and inspire both a feature film and a theatre play on the life of Gonne.

Event with artist:
La Médiathèque rencontre… Catherine Phil MacCarthy & Carmel Winters 26/02 2013


Trevor Byrne

Trevor Byrne 

January - April 2013

Dublin-born author Trevor Byrne received exceptional critical acclaim for his novel Ghosts & Lightning; his short fiction includes Nothing at the Top, Mad for Rain and I’ve Hardly Slept at All in the New Island anthology of Irish Short Fiction. His second novel will appear in 2013 and he will begin research and work on his third novel during his residency. Largely set in Paris during the 1980s, it is a fictional retelling of the last decade of Samuel Beckett’s life, from the point of view of an Irish actor.

Event with artist:
La Médiathèque rencontre… Trevor Byrne 31/01 2013


Catherine Phil MacCarthy

Catherine Phil MacCarthy 

January - April 2013

Catherine Phil McCarthy’s most recent collection of poems is The Invisible Threshold (2012); earlier collections were Hour of the Tide, the blue globe and Suntrap. She won the Fish International Poetry Prize in 2010. During her residency she will work on new poems around the theme of migration. One of McCarthy’s preoccupations is the influence of both Paris and French culture on Irish artists and others who went to live there between 1860 and 1914.

Events with artist:
La Médiathèque rencontre… Catherine Phil MacCarthy & Carmel Winters 26/02 2013


Nancy Harris

Nancy Harris 

January - April 2013

While resident at the Centre in autumn 2012, dramatist Nancy Harris won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. The chair of the judging panel said: “Nancy Harris has an ear keenly attuned to how the fracture lines in relationships are opened in apparently innocent conversations. Critics and audiences have been impressed by her psychological insight and by her sharp wit”. After several months of artistic activity in Dublin and London, we are delighted to welcome Nancy back to complete her residency with us.
 


Tim Robinson

Tim Robinson 

September - December 2012

Tim Robinson is nearing the completion of a forty-year project of mapping and writing about the three celebrated landscapes grouped around Galway Bay: the Aran Islands, the Burren and Connemara. Through art and literature, he now intends to pursue ideas concerning our relationship to the physical universe symbolised by the centre of gravity.

Events with artist:
Tim Robinson - Connemara 20/10 2012
Tim Robinson, Mary Russell, Colm Tóibín - Unfolding the Landscape 20/10 2012

Image : Photo ©Brian Farrell

Manchán Magan

Manchán Magan 

March - May 2012

Manchán Magan is a writer and travel documentary-maker. During his residency he will focus on the first draft of a novel. He will also work on the final draft of a bilingual play commissioned by the Abbey Theatre and finish a film script for a modern-day adaption of Caoineadh Airt Ui Laoghaire which goes into production in June 2012. He has written six books in English and Irish as well as two bilingual plays. He writes the Magan’s World column for the Irish Times. http://www.manchan.com/ 


Mary O’Donnell

Mary O’Donnell 

January - April 2012

Mary O’Donnell is a novelist and poet. She has published six collections of poetry and her fiction includes Strong Pagans, The Light-Makers, Virgin and the Boy and The Elysium Testament. She co-edited a 2010 anthology of women’s poetry from Galicia, To the Winds Our Sails: Irish Writers Translate Galician Poetry. Her short fiction has appeared in many anthologies of note and she has won numerous literary awards. She is a regular contributor to RTE Radio and is a member of Aosdána. http://www.maryodonnell.com/

Event with artist:
La Médiathèque rencontre… Mary O’Donnell 24/04 2012


Wayne Jordan

Wayne Jordan 

September - December 2011

Wayne Jordan is a director, writer and designer who has worked at the Abbey Theatre and Project Arts Centre. In 2010 he directed Christ Deliver Us! (Tom Kilroy) and The Plough and The Stars (Sean O’Casey), Celebration (Harold Pinter) and Ellamenope Jones, which he also wrote. No Romance, a new play by Nancy Harris, won great critical acclaim earlier this year. He will use the residency to work on the early stages of a new work inspired by material from the autobiographies of Sean O’Casey.


Ignatius McGovern

Ignatius McGovern 

September - October 2011

Poet and academic Iggy McGovern is interested in the common ground between poetry and science. He will spend his residency working on a verse biography of the life of William Rowan Hamilton (1805-65). Hamilton is the most significant figure in Irish science, and his world-wide status can be gauged by the distinctive “Hamiltonian” tag that dominates online “hits”; But he was also a poet, friend of Wordsworth and Coleridge. Iggy hopes to complete the work within 2012, which is the year of Dublin City of Science. http://iggymcgovern.com/ 

Event with artist:
Rencontre littéraire : poets Leontia Flynn and Iggy McGovern, novelist Lucy Caldwell 18/10 2013


Theo Dorgan

Theo Dorgan 

September - October 2011

Theo Dorgan’s residency will be used to work on a novel “murmuring in my ear that will be largely set in Paris”. He has published five collections of poetry, two accounts of sailing voyages – one transatlantic, the other from Cape Horn to Cape Town. He has been Series Editor of European Poetry Translation Network publications and was editor of The Great Book of Ireland, among many other publications. He presented Poetry Now on radio and RTE TV’s books programme Imprint.

Events with artist:
La Médiathèque rencontre… Celia de Fréine & Theo Dorgan 11/10 2011
The re-enchantment of Ireland 17/03 2011
Poésie et Prose de l’Irlande 2008 9 - 11/10 2008


Celia de Fréine

Celia de Fréine 

September - October 2011

Celia de Fréine will use her residency to work on a new collection of poetry Ar Cois: Afoot. Her poetry has won many awards, including the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 1994 and Gradam Litríochta Chló Iar-Chonnachta in 2004. She has published four collections of poetry. Many of her plays in English and in Irish have been performed and she has developed a number of film projects in collaboration with Biju Viswanath. She has written for television, including the long-running TG4 series Ros na Run.

Event with artist:
La Médiathèque rencontre… Celia de Fréine & Theo Dorgan 11/10 2011


Colin Bateman

Colin Bateman 

May - July 2011

Colin Bateman is a best-selling novelist, screenwriter and playwright from Bangor in Northern Ireland. A former journalist, his first novel Divorcing Jack won The Betty Trask Prize and was later made into a movie. He has published thirty novels and writes regularly for television. He was recently made an Honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of Ulster for his services to literature. While in Paris, Colin will be working on a BBC adaptation of Where Are You Really From?, an autobiography by Tim Brannigan about growing up as a black child in Republican West Belfast and the remarkable secret his mother kept from the world. http://www.colinbateman.com/

Event with artist:
“Et vous trouvez ça drôle ?” 12 - 16/05 2009


Dylan Tighe

Dylan Tighe 

January - April 2011

Dylan Tighe will use his time in Paris to research and formulate ideas and aesthetics for a multidisciplinary theatre performance based on the poetry of Michael Hartnett. This will fuse theatre, music, visual art and poetry. It will incorporate spoken, sung and projected text, filmed sequences, staged images and tableaux.


Maurice Riordan

Maurice Riordan 

January - April 2011

Maurice Riordan has published three award-winning collections; the most recent, The Holy Land, received the Michael Hartnett Award in 2007. He is working on a new collection of poems, provisionally called The Water Stealer. These continue from previous books a thematic exploration of time and memory, but with a more intense focus on the natural world. 

Event with artist:
La Médiathèque rencontre… Maurice Riordan 15/03 2011

Image: Photo©Derek Adams

Mary Morrissy

Mary Morrissy 

January - April 2011

Mary Morrissy will work on the first draft of a new novel in which the central character is a Greifer, a Jewish woman employed by the Gestapo to identify other Jews living underground. Such women prowled the night spots of the city, pointing out Jews who were living incognito. Many of them had turned informer to avoid being sent to the camps and thus balanced the complicated equation of betrayal and survival.

Event with artist:
La Médiathèque rencontre…Mary Morrissy 7/04 2011


Gina Moxley

Gina Moxley 

September - December 2010

Writer in residence Gina Moxley is a playwright, fiction writer and actor. The Crumb Trail was performed as part of 2009 Dublin Theatre festival. It also toured to festivals in Germany, Denmark, Oregon and New York. Two of her plays, Dog House and Danti-Dan, are published by Faber. The focus of work during her residency is an adaptation of Gulliver’s Travels for the stage. In tandem with her theatre work she will continue to write short fiction.

Events with artist:
The Wheelchair on My Face 5/06 2012
La Médiathèque rencontre…Gina Moxley 9/12 2010
Rencontre with 5 women writers 19/10 2007


M.J. Hyland

M.J. Hyland 

April - July 2010

Maria J. Hyland was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2006 for her novel Carry Me Down and won both the Encore and Hawthornden Prizes in 2007. How the Light Gets In appeared in 2003 and This is How in 2009. She will work on her fourth novel during her time in Paris, birthplace of André Gide, which she feels is apt as the story-line is inspired by him.

Event with artist:
La Médiathèque rencontre…M. J. Hyland 11/05/2010


Vona Groarke

Vona Groarke 

April - July 2010

Vona Groarke’s most recent collection of poetry Spindrift was highly acclaimed, as were her earlier collections - Juniper Street, Flight, Other People’s Houses, Shale – all published by Gallery Press. She has won numerous awards, including the Rooney Prize and the International Strokestown Poetry Prize. During her residency in Paris she will concentrate on “that most difficult of tasks – beginning all over again with a fresh book”.

Events with artist
La Médiathèque rencontre… Vona Groarke 15/06/2010
Soirée de clôture de la Périphérie 27/06/2013
Marché de la Poésie - Pays invité : L’Irlande 6/06/2013


Conall Morrison

Conall Morrison 

January - April 2010

Conall Morrison is a Dublin-based writer and director. He has worked for the Abbey Theatre, the Lyric and other companies in Ireland; he has directed work for the Royal Shakepeare Company, English National Opera and the Royal National Theatre London as well as working in many other countries. During his residency he will concentrate on an new play Patrick's Day on Montserrat. Montserrat is an actively volcanic island. With the volcano and its lava as central images, he intends to write a play that animates the events of the St. Patrick's Day slave rebellion of 1768, when African slaves unsuccessfully attempted to overthrow their Irish masters.

Event with artist:
La Médiathèque rencontre… Conall Morrison 23/03/2010


Leanne O’Sullivan

Leanne O’Sullivan 

January - April 2010

Cork poet Leanne O’Sullivan will work on her third collection Tales of the Flood during her Paris residency. Two earlier collections Waiting for My Clothes (2004) and Cailleach: The Hag of Béara (2009) were published by Bloodaxe Books. Her subject matter is of broadly human interest: communication and conflict between individuals; the relationship between inner and outer experience; and the shaping influence of spatial contexts and landscapes on states of being. Her poetry has been published in Ireland, England, India, America and Canada and she has won a number of prestigious awards.

La Médiathèque rencontre… Leanne O’Sullivan & Roderick Ford 9/02/2010


Lia Mills

Lia Mills 

September - October 2009

During her residency, Lia Mills will work on her third novel. She has published two novels Another Alice (1996) and Nothing Simple (2005) and also writes short stories. In Your Face (2006) is an autobiographical novel retracing her struggle against cancer. https://libranwriter.wordpress.com/ 

Event with artist:
La Médiathèque rencontre… Lia Mills 02/04/2009


Paul Durcan

Paul Durcan 

April - July 2009

Paul Durcan is one of Ireland’s most prolific and widely-read poets.  Born in 1944, his poetry is a documentary of change and vision in the public and private worlds. His major collections include O Westport in the Light of Asia Minor (1975), The Berlin Wall Café (1985), Daddy, Daddy (1990), Cries of an Irish Caveman: New Poems (2001) and The Art of Life (2004). Seamus Heaney has spoken of his poetry as the "bitter-sweet clowning" crafted to the truth slant. He is a member of Aosdána and the recipient of numerous accolades ranging from  The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award to the Irish American Cultural Institute Poetry Award,  Whitbread Poetry Award and the Heinemann Award. He is currently the Poet-in-Residence at the CCI.

Paul Durcan Photo ©Hugh McElveen

Events with artist:
Marché de la Poésie Pays invité : L’Irlande 6/06/2013
Paul Durcan, Niamh O’Sullivan, Jo Slade 19/11 2010
Michael Coady et Paul Durcan 10/04 2008


Michael Coady

Michael Coady 

April - July 2009

Michael Coady is a poet and short-story writer born and based in Carrick-on-Suir. He has published several collections of poetry with The Gallery Press, including Two for a Woman, Three for a Man (1980), Oven Lane (1987), All Souls (1998) and One Another (2003), as well as a collection of essays and several short stories for radio. Within the realms of time and mutability, his poems thread ideas of community, mortality and memory intimately known. His celebration of the local and parochial has earned him the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award and the Lawrence O’ Shaughnessy Award.  A member of Aosdána, he will work on his newest collection of poetry during his residency.

Event with artist:
Michael Coady et Paul Durcan 10/04 2008


Audrey O’Reilly

Audrey O’Reilly 

January - April 2009

Audrey O’ Reilly is a writer and director for television and film. A graduate of the National Film School, she has worked on short films such as ‘In Loving Memory’ (2001), ‘Clare sa Speir’ and ‘Chicken’, which was selected for official competition in the 2001 Cannes film festival. She has written and directed for TG4 programme ‘Teenage Cics’ and written a play called ‘Skin and Blisters’. At work as writer-in-residence at the CCI she seeks to develop a film script based on a plot to kill Louis XIV by Athenais de Montespan.

Event with artist:
La Médiathèque rencontre… Tom Swift & Audrey O’Reilly 5/02 2009


Greg Delanty

Greg Delanty 

September - December 2008

Hailing from Cork, writer-in-residence Greg Delanty won the Patrick Kavanagh Award for his début collection Cast in Fire and has gone on to publish several others, along them American Wake (1995), The Ship of Birth (2003) and a Collected Poems 1986-2006. Spanning ideas of exploration and exile, transition and place, he has been widely anthologised in Irish and American publications. He has translated Irish language writers Seán O Ríordáin and Patrick Galvin as well as issuing The Selected Poems of Kyriakos Charalambides in Translation (2005) from his native Greek.  Winner of the Dowling Fellowship, the National Poetry Competition and the Austen Clarke Centenary Poetry Prize, he has recently been awarded a Guggenheim grant for Poetry. He is Professor of English at St. Michael’s College Vermont. http://gregdelanty.com/ 

Event with artist:
La Médiathèque rencontre… Greg Delanty 23/09 2008


Paul Durcan

Paul Durcan 

April - June 2008

Paul Durcan is one of Ireland’s most prolific and widely-read poets.  Born in 1944, his poetry is a documentary of change and vision in the public and private worlds. His major collections include O Westport in the Light of Asia Minor (1975), The Berlin Wall Café (1985), Daddy, Daddy (1990), Cries of an Irish Caveman: New Poems (2001) and The Art of Life (2004). Seamus Heaney has spoken of his poetry as the "bitter-sweet clowning" crafted to the truth slant. He is a member of Aosdána and the recipient of numerous accolades ranging from  The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award to the Irish American Cultural Institute Poetry Award,  Whitbread Poetry Award and the Heinemann Award. He is currently the Poet-in-Residence at the CCI.

Paul Durcan Photo ©Hugh McElveen

Events with artist:
Marché de la Poésie Pays invité : L’Irlande 6/06/2013
Poésie et Prose - Paul Durcan, Niamh O’Sullivan, Jo Slade 19/11 2010
Michael Coady et Paul Durcan 10/04 2008


Michael Coady

Michael Coady 

March - April 2008

Michael Coady is a poet and short-story writer born and based in Carrick-on-Suir. He has published several collections of poetry with The Gallery Press, including Two for a Woman, Three for a Man (1980), Oven Lane (1987), All Souls (1998) and One Another (2003), as well as a collection of essays and several short stories for radio. Within the realms of time and mutability, his poems thread ideas of community, mortality and memory intimately known. His celebration of the local and parochial has earned him the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award and the Lawrence O’ Shaughnessy Award.  A member of Aosdána, he will work on his newest collection of poetry during his residency.

Event with artist:
Michael Coady et Paul Durcan 10/04 2008


Christine Madden

Christine Madden 

January - February 2008

Dramaturge and arts journalist Christine Madden writes and is a translator of film scripts and plays. She is the Literary Manager of Rough Magic Theatre Company, and is involved with The Abbey Theatre and Dublin Theatre Festival.  She writes frequently for The Irish Times as a cultural correspondent.  http://christine-madden.com/


Barry McCrea

Barry McCrea 

October - December 2007

Dublin-born writer and scholar Barry McCrea begun his literary path at Trinity College Dublin where he studied French and Spanish Literature; he went on to complete his Ph.D at Princeton University in 2004. His début novel The First Verse was published in 2005 to critical acclaim and was awarded the 2006 Ferro-Grumley Prize for fiction. A novel which flickers between Dublin and Paris as part of an intricate web of allusions, he is currently working on his second novel, which is to be set between the two cities. After his residency at the CCI, he taught Comparative Literature at Yale University, where he was appointed Professor in 2012. He is currently Professor of Literature at the University of Notre Dame.

Event with artist:
La Médiathèque rencontre… Barry McCrea 15/11 2007


John F Deane

John F Deane 

May - June 2007

As founder of Poetry Ireland and the Poetry Ireland Review, the poet and novelist John F. Deane has left an indelible mark on the Irish poetic landscape. He also established Dedalus Press which continues to lead Irish publishing in its European focus and essential translation of continental poets. Recent works of the poet include Toccata and Fugue: New and Selected Poems (2000), Manhandling the Deity (2003) and The Instruments of Art (2005). He is a member of Aosdána and in 2007, was made Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres. His poetry has been translated in French, Bulgarian, Romanian, Italian, Swedish, Slovak and Macedonian. http://www.johnfdeane.com/ 

Event with artist:
Lire en Fête - Poésie et Prose de l’Irlande 2008 9 - 11/10 2008


Jo Slade

Jo Slade 

January - April 2007

Painter-poet Jo Slade is a Limerick-based writer who studied at the Limerick National College of Art and Design. Her painting informs and colours her poetry and her work has been exhibited in both France and Ireland. Jo Slade’s collections of poetry include In Fields I Hear Them Sing (1989), The Vigilant One (1994) and Certain Octobers (1997), which featured English and French poetry. Her work has been translated in French, Spanish, Romanian, Russian and Slovenian. Her most recent work features a sequence of poems about the Welsh artist Gwen John.

Event with artist:
Poésie et Prose - Paul Durcan, Niamh O’Sullivan, Jo Slade 19/11 2010


Kerry Hardie

Kerry Hardie 

November - December 2006

Kerry Hardie is a poet and novelist living in Kilkenny. A former journalist with BBC Belfast, her collections of poetry include A Furious Place (1996), Cry for the Hot Belly (2000), The Sky Didn’t Fall (2003) and The Silence Came Close (2006). Known for their blending of the surreal in the familiar, her works have earned her several accolades, among them the Hennessy Prize, Patrick and Kathleen Kavanagh Award and the Lawrence O’ Shaughnessy Award. She has published the novels Hannie Bennet’s Winter Marriage and The Bird Woman. She is a member of Aosdána.

Event with writer:
Rencontre avec Kerry Hardie 28/11 2006


Anne Haverty

Anne Haverty 

May - June 2006

Dublin-based novelist and poet Anne Haverty won the Rooney Prize for Literature for her first novel One Day as a Tiger in 1997. She has gone on to publish her début collection of poetry The Beats of the Moon (1999) and subsequent novels The Far Side of a Kiss (2000) and The Free and Easy (2006). She continues to work as a freelance journalist and script-writer, publishing literary criticism for publications such as the Times Literary Supplement and the Irish Times as well as writing for film and radio. She is a member of Aosdána.

Events with artist:
Rencontre with 5 women writers 19/10 2007
Reading by Anne Haverty 29/06 2006


Antoinette Quinn

Antoinette Quinn 

September - December 2005

Writer-in-residence Antoinette Quinn is professor of Modern English and Fellow Emeritus at Trinity College Dublin. A teacher of literature and literary critic, she is highly regarded as a researcher and academic. Having grown up in Inniskeen, Co. Monaghan, she has devoted much of her career to championing the work of poet Patrick Kavanagh. Long-time President of the Patrick Kavanagh Society, she has edited several collections of his poetry and prose, as well as a milestone critical collection Patrick Kavanagh, Born Again Romantic (1991). She is also the poet’s biographer, having published the widely praised and critically acclaimed Patrick Kavanagh, A Life in 2001.  She has edited Dancing with Kitty Stobling: A Collection of Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award Winners 1971-2003.


Vincent Woods

Vincent Woods 

January - April 2005

Vincent Woods is a poet, playwright and broadcaster. His plays include John Hughdy/Tom John, Song of the Yellow Bittern and At the Pig’s Dyke, which have been produced by Druid Theatre Company and The Abbey Theatre. His two collections of poetry are The Colour of Language (1994) and Lives and Miracles (2002). A recipient of the P.J. O’Connor Award, the M.J McManus Award for Poetry, and The Stewart Parker Award for Drama, he is a member of Aosdána. He continues to work as a radio broadcaster, presenting the in-depth arts and culture programme Arts Tonight, and guest presenting Rattlebag and The Eleventh Hour.

Events with artist:
Mary McPartlan, Frankie Gavin, Vincent Woods - Land of Heart’s Desire 27/05 2014
The Poetry Hour - Hommage à Josephine Hart 18/09 2012
Broken Moon - by Vincent Woods 5/06 2008


Moya Cannon

Moya Cannon 

May - June 2004

Donegal-born poet Moya Cannon is best known for her poetry collections Oar and The Parchment Boat, which earned her the Brendan Behan Memorial Prize and the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award respectively. Crafting a poetics of place, her work demonstrates an ongoing sensitivity to the place names and forces of language and identity that shape everyday life. She frequently edits The Poetry Ireland Review and is a member of Aosdána. She also engages in musical collaborations, translating Gaelic songs for performance. Moya Cannon's poems have been set to music by composers such as Ellen Cranitch. http://mc.alila-software.com/

Event with writer:
Rencontre avec Moya Cannon 26/05 2004


Eamon Sweeney

Eamon Sweeney 

January - April 2004

Born in Sligo, Eamon Sweeney is a writer and broadcaster living and working in Ireland. He is the author of two novels Waiting for the Healer (1998) and The Photograph (2000) as well a radio and a stage play. A sporting aficionado, he has also written non-fiction books such as There’s Only One Red Army (1997) and Munster Hurling Legends (2003). He is a frequent reviewer with the Sunday Tribune and is well known for his broadcasting with RTE on a range of subjects.


Liam O’Muirthile

Liam O’Muirthile 

September - December 2003

As part of the group associated with the literary magazine ‘Innti’, Liam O’ Muirthile’s poetry has developed with Irish language chosen as its creative medium. As part of the generation that sought to fuse contemporary culture with the traditions of Irish culture and language, the poet works to extend the modern breadth of the Irish poetic. His collections include Tine Chnamh and Walking Time agus Danta Eile; he has also written the novel Ar Bhruach na Laoi (1995) and two stage plays Fear an Tae and Liodan na hAbhann. He writes a weekly column with The Irish Times. His work has earned him the Irish-American Cultural Institutes Literary Award, Oireachtas Prize for Poetry and the Butler Award. Having studied French Literature, he has translated works from Apollinaire, Villon, Prévert, and Anne Hébert. He is a member of Aosdána.


Mary O’Malley

Mary O’Malley 

September - December 2003

Mary O’Malley’s poetry collections include Where the Rocks Float (1993), The Knife in the Wave (1997), Asylum Road (2001) and The Bowing Hall (2002). She is the winner of the Hennessey Award and the O’ Shaughnessey Award for her poetry. Her work draws deep connections with allusions to and rhythms of Irish music and jazz. She is an organiser of the Literary Festival Cúirt and serves on the board of Poetry Ireland, as well as working as a broadcaster with RTE. She continues to teach at the National University of Ireland in Galway and is a member of Aosdána.


Bob Quinn

Bob Quinn 

March - May 2003

Film-maker, photographer and writer Bob Quinn is one of Ireland’s most prolific artists working in film in a career spanning several decades. Having made over one hundred features, shorts and documentaries, he has experimented artistically across a range of genres with his creative enterprise Cinegael around the notion of cultural identity. Concentrating his oeuvre in the West of Ireland, his films include Cloch (1975); Self-Portrait with Red Car (1976); Poitin (1977) and The Atlantean Trilogy (1980-84). The Museum of Modern Art holds two of his films in its collection. In 2000 he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Film Institute.  His writings include Sit Down and be Counted, Smokey Hollow, An Tir Aneol and Maverick: a dissident view of broadcasting. He is also a member of Aosdána.


Claire Keegan

Claire Keegan 

October - December 2002

The ground-breaking voice of Claire Keegan’s début collection of short-stories Antartica propelled the writer onto the Irish literary scene with aplomb upon its publication in 1999. Pursuing “a discipline of omission”, the Wicklow-born writer won wide critical acclaim with stories such as Love in the Tall Grass, Stay Close to the Water’s Edge and The Singing Cashier.  She was awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the William Trevor Prize and the Olive Cook Award for her commitment to expanding the scope, form and vision of the short-story. It was also selected as the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year. A member of Aosdána, she is currently working on her second collection of short fiction.