Writer In Residence

Writers-in-Residence 2020


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CREATING A SENSE OF PLACE AT DUNAMAISE
-Announcing New Laois Writers-in-Residence Programme -

Laois County Council Arts Office in association with Creative Ireland Laois and Dunamaise Arts Centre are delighted to announce that David Butler and Kate Heffernan are their two selected writers appointed for new residencies in Laois from August to December 2020.
Originally from Kilminchy, Portlaoise, now living in Bray, David Butler is a multi-award winning novelist, poet, short-story writer and playwright. His novel, City of Dis (New Island) was shortlisted for the Irish Novel of the Year, 2015. His second poetry collection, All the Barbaric Glass, was published in 2017 by Doire Press. His second short story collection, Fugitive, is forthcoming from Arlen House.
Kate Heffernan is a native of Portlaoise and her first play, In Dog Years I’m Dead, was a winner of the 2013 Stewart Parker Trust’s ‘Emerging Playwright Award’ and an Irish Times Cultural Highlight in the same year. Peat, her first play for children, was commissioned and produced by The Ark in 2019, and directed by Tim Crouch. In 2014, she and director Maisie Lee were Dunamaise Arts Centre’s Theatre Artists-in-Residence. While there, Kate wrote and produced Hometroots, a series of short radio plays by, for and about the people of Laois. She was an Arts Council ‘Next Generation Artist’ in 2017, during which time she worked on a number of texts for performance with the support of Mermaid Arts Centre. A writer who hasn’t always been a writer, Kate has worked in diverse roles in the performance sector for a decade and a half, in varied writing, design, editing, producing, dramaturgical and production capacities.
As part of their residencies, David and Kate will be based at Dunamaise Arts Centre, with time, space, and financial support to concentrate on their own writing as well as a programme of engagement and interaction with the local community in the lead up to and during the Laois Leaves Festival of Writing & Music in early November. They have both proposed a range of exciting and inspiring workshops, outreach projects and mentorships. This aspect of the residencies will encourage aspiring, emerging and established writers of all ages and backgrounds across Laois to come together over the coming months to explore ‘A Sense of Place’, the theme chosen for the Creative Ireland Laois Plan 2018-2022.
Laois is a county where culture and creativity are recognised as being integral to life. The Creative Ireland vision for Laois is to nurture and foster creative expression in all its diversity; to embrace and welcome new ideas; and to create the conditions to help turn those ideas into reality and embed creativity into all aspects of the social, economic and cultural life of the county. The new writers-in-residence will no doubt draw inspiration from this theme in a variety of ways over the season ahead.
Further details of events and engagements with the writers will be announced. Dunamaise Arts Centre is working to ensure that elements can be moved online if reopening is significantly further delayed, but optimistically hoping that most aspects can go ahead in person, with all relevant safety measures in place. See dunamaise.ie for further details.
Laois Writer-in-Residence 2020 is jointly funded by Laois County Council and Creative Ireland Laois and is hosted by Dunamaise Arts Centre.



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Dunamaise Arts Centre presents the best in performing and visual arts to audiences from Laois and across the Midlands region. Comprising an exhibition gallery, a 240 seat theatre, cinema, workshop spaces and a café, we mark 21 years as a leading regional arts centre in 2020. Primarily a receiving house for touring productions, we are now adapting a number of new residency and artists’ development supports through the remainder of 2020, and programming within the confines of Covid-19 related restrictions. This Writers Residency is the first in a series which we hope will further promote and strengthen the connectivity and and collaboration of the vibrant arts community across the Midlands.
http://www.dunamaise.ie/

Laois County Council Arts Office has been at the forefront of local arts development since 1989. Laois was oneof the first local authorities to appoint an Arts Officer. Laois arts service aims to maximise participation in and access to a wide range of quality artistic experiences across a range of arts disciplines. Our aims are to create an environment which supports the artist and artistic ambition and increase socially inclusive participation in all artistic programmes. Laois County Council has developed a high quality programme including exhibitions, learning and participation initiatives, festivals, public art projects and artists’ residencies. https://laois.ie/departments/arts/

Creative Ireland Laois provides an opportunity for everyone in the county to become involved in creativity and culture. Laois welcomes the opportunity to be part of this national programme. ‘A Sense of Place’ is the theme chosen for the Creative Ireland Laois Plan for 2018-2022. Laois is a county where culture and creativity are recognised as being integral to life. The Creative Ireland vision for Laois is to nurture and foster creative expression in all its diversity; to embrace and welcome new ideas; and to create the conditions to help turn those ideas into reality and embed creativity into all aspects of the social, economic and cultural life of Laois. www.creativeireland.gov.ie/en/laois

Creative Ireland is a five-year programme which connects people, creativity and wellbeing. It is an all-of-government culture and wellbeing programme that inspires and transforms people, places and communities through creativity and is committed to the vision that every person in Ireland should have the opportunity to realize their full creative potential. www.creativeireland.gov.ie

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