The Arts Council has a long-standing partnership with a number of Irish universities offering Writer-in-Residence/Fellowship positions to provide university students of Creative Writing MA and MFA programmes with an opportunity to work with and learn from a professional author of distinction, and to enable writers to develop their work while in a position of relative financial stability.
Michael West has been appointed as University College Cork’s Writer-in-Residence.
An award-winning dramatist and a noted adaptor of literary work, West has collaborated in The Corn Exchange theatreproductions of Joyce’s Dubliners, Nabokov’s Lolita and most recently, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, by Eimear McBride. His play Freefall won an Irish Times Theatre Award for Best New Play and Best Director in 2009.
The University of Limerick Writer Fellowship will be held by poet Mary O'Malley.
One of Ireland’s most distinguished poets, Mary O’Malley was Writer in Residence at NUI Galway from 2001 to 2009, and has held residencies in Paris, Villanova, Derry and Belfast. She is a member of Aosdána and has received Hennessy and O’Shaughnessey Awards for her work.
Lia Millshas been appointed as Writer-in-Residence at University College Dublin.
Her first novel, Another Alice (1996) was nominated for the Irish Times Irish fiction prize, while her second, Nothing Simple (2005), was shortlisted for the Irish Novel of the Year. In Your Face, a memoir of her diagnosis of and treatment for oral cancer, was named as a favourite book of 2007 by several critics and writers. Her third novel, Fallen was published in 2014 and is the selected title for Dublin: One City One Book in 2016.
The Trinity College Dublin Writer Fellowship will be held by Gavin Corbett.
Novelist Gavin Corbett has written three novels. His first, Innocence, was published in 2003. His second novel, This is the Way (2013), received the 2013 Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year, and Green Glowing Skull (2015) was published earlier this year.