Red Line Book Festival 2020 Writer-in-Residence Scheme – Connection Reset

21 Apr, 2020

Red Line Book Festival 2020 Writer-in-Residence Scheme – Connection Reset

The Red Line Book Festival is a celebration of all things literary and is currently inviting submissions from qualified participants for consideration for our Writer-in-Residence Scheme.

In 2019, the scheme was launched, and after many applications and adjudications, novelist Lisa Harding (Harvesting, 2017 and Bright Burning Things, forthcoming 2021) was selected and worked with the local community and the festival across her residency.

The ninth annual Red Line Book Festival will take place from 12th – 18th October 2020, and features local, national and international authors, as well as panels, workshops, theatrical productions, children’s events and more.

Given the uncertain times we are currently living through, we are committed to hosting a festival, and a writer-in-residence, however, quite honestly, at this stage, we’re not sure what format the festival and the residency will take. Will we still be locked down in October? What will the literary world be like by then, after however long? How will the local, national and global communities have responded, and continue to respond?

With this in mind, the theme of this year’s residency is Connection Reset. Stemming from an internet term for when the site you are connected to has reset the connection, isn’t that what the whole world is going through right now? Aren’t we all finding new and meaningful ways of connecting and, necessity being the mother of invention, redefining the whole process of human connection?

The Writer-in-Residence (WIR) will be contracted on a part-time basis for ten weeks, from before the launch of the festival until after its completion. We want someone to fully engage with the theme, and the applicant will need to be hugely flexible and adaptable to the current situation – how will this be delivered, and to whom? Let’s find out together.

A hugely important aspect of the scheme is supporting the selected writer, in these uncertain times, providing them a firmer financial footing to further their own work.


- WIR will be expected to engage local communities, working with a range of schools and community groups, whilst also bearing in mind new groups that have arisen from this Connection Reset, eg. essential workers, those cocooning, etc.
- WIR will be expected to produce a work of their own based on, or arising out of, the residency and/or a work with the local community (ie. an anthology of work), which will be published by South Dublin Libraries. Special care must be paid to the fact that the work may be published online, or perhaps even wholly intended for online consumption.
- WIR will be expected to deliver a range of programmes and events, including writing workshops and public readings. - This residency is open to all forms of writing including, but not limited to, prose, poetry, playwriting, and writing for children. Genre writing is acceptable as long as there is enough remit to engage with the scope of the residency.
- WIR will primarily 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.
- WIR will undertake this role part-time (1-2 days a week) until the week of the festival, when they will be expected to engage with the festival fully and creatively respond to it. They will also be given a space in the programme to present finished work and/or further engage with the themes of the residency. The WIR will also act as an ambassador for the festival, which may include (although not limited only to) hosting, promotion, and other duties.
- Writing space will be provided to the WIR, by arrangement.
- WIR will be paid €5000 (all inclusive) for the residency, in instalments.

How to Apply:

- Prospective writers must have a proven track record of publications (at least one book/collection published) as well as a history of community engagement and of delivering writing workshops.
- 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, ideas of work that could be produced, and the various and innovative ways you could approach all of the above in terms of delivery (in person, online, etc). This should also include your contact details (name/address/email/phone number)
- A Writer’s CV to include publication, awards, workshops/classes facilitated, etc.
to by 29th June 2020 at 12pm. Late applications will not be accepted.

If you have any queries, please contact

The Red Line Book Festival Writer-in-Residence programme is supported by South Dublin Libraries and Arts.