Red Line Book Festival 2019 Seeks a Writer in Residence

17 Apr, 2019

Red Line Book Festival 2019 Seeks a Writer in Residence

Red Line Book Festival invites applications from writers for their inaugural Writer in Residence programme. This residency will see the chosen writer engaging with local communities in South Dublin through workshops and other work, as well as creating written work responding to the theme ‘Looking Up’.

The theme encourages the writer to re-discover Tallaght by Looking Up! From apartments overlooking the urban sprawl of The Square, to the open fields of Jobstown - how often do we stop and look up, taking a moment to take in our surroundings, and those who live there?

The ten-week residency in South Dublin County will run from August to October 2019 and is supported by Creative Ireland and South Dublin Libraries and Arts. This residency is open to all forms of writing including, but not limited to prose, poetry, playwriting, and writing for children.

A fee of €5,000 is available for the successful applicant, as well as writing space. The residency is envisaged as part-time, allowing time for the writer’s own work.

The deadline for applications to the Writer in Residence Programme is 12pm on Friday 17th May.

Residency Objectives are

- to engage with local communities, working with schools and community groups around the above theme

- to produce a work of their own based on the residency and/or a work in collaboration with the local community (ie. an anthology of work) which responds to the theme (this work in turn will be published by South Dublin Libraries and presented in collaboration with the Red Line Book Festival).

The Writer in Residence will be expected to

  • liaise with the Red Line Book Festival team regarding the role but may also engage with other local arts organisations and their current projects, if there is overlap.
  • undertake this part-time (1-2 days a week) until the week of the festival, when he/she will be expected to engage fully with the festival and creatively respond to it. He/she will also be offered a space in the programme to present finished work and/or further engage the themes of the residency.
  • act as an ambassador for the festival.
  • be based in Dublin or close proximity with ability to commute (accommodation and travel is the responsibility of the writer in residence)
  • have a proven track record of publications (at least one book/collection published)
  • have experience in the delivery of (writing) workshops and readings.
  • be an Irish citizen / permanent resident of Ireland

Residency Details

In advance of the residency the following will be agreed:

  • Goals, roles and responsibilities and agreed criteria for the Writer in Residence and the Red Line Book Festival via a signed Memorandum of Agreement
  • Mutually agreed programme of work that is flexible and responsive
  • Administrative support from the Red Line Book Festival team
  • A timetable that balances time for the writer’s own work and other residency commitments as agreed. NB: This is a part-time residency which will require flexible working hours.
  • Ongoing review and evaluation and a schedule of regular meetings with RLBF Team


The total fee for the residency is €5,000. This amount is fully inclusive of the writer’s fee – inclusive of all travel and expenses incurred (including VAT & Insurance).

The successful writer will be required to provide South Dublin County Council with a tax clearance certificate and insurance details prior to signing of contracts. Non-Vat registered service providers may be liable for Professional Services Withholding Tax.

The Red Line Book Festival team will act as the liaison support between the Writer, the Local Authority and Local Communities during the selection process to define the work program. The Red Line Book Festival will be responsible for administering contracts and payments to the writer.

Child Protection

In accordance with the national child protection guidelines, Children First, the selected candidate will be required to follow child protection procedures as specified by South Dublin County Council. The successful candidate will be required to undergo Garda Vetting.

To apply please submit the following:

  • A Cover Letter stating why you want the position, why you are suitable, how you plan to engage with the residency and the local community, and ideas of work that could be produced. This letter should also include your contact details (name/address/email/phone number)
  • A Writer’s CV to include publications, awards, workshops/classes facilitated, etc.

to by Friday 17th May 2019 by 12pm. Late applications will not be accepted.

If you have any queries, please contact

Please note, South Dublin County Council reserves the right not to appoint if none of the applications received are deemed to be suitable. In this instance South Dublin County Council reserves the right to pursue a different procurement process.