The late John Broderick bequeathed monies to the Arts Council with the intention they would be for; '...the benefit and assistance and advancement of the arts in Athlone'. He had 12 novels published in London, the best known being The Pilgrimage (1961). His bestseller was An Apology for Roses (1973), which sold 30,000 copies in the first week of its publication in 1973. Both these novels, along with The Fugitives and The Flood are all set with Athlone as a backdrop.
The residencies are in partnership with Westmeath County Council and are based in Athlone. Outgoing writer in residence Martin Dyar said, “The John Broderick residency is a doorway into a beautiful county, and into an uncannily vibrant artistic community. The presiding spirit, John Broderick himself, is a great and nourishing subject, and Athlone’s superb Aidan Heavey Library is a beautifully hospitable setting in which to explore it.”
The successful writer will be supported with time to develop their own work as well as being asked to stimulate greater awareness of the works of John Broderick, the art of creative writing and encouraging more opportunities for people to engage with the work of writers. At this time, public health concerns will be prioritised, therefore an imaginative response is required from writers.
The residency will take place over a 10 week period later in 2020 and into 2021 and the value to the successful writer is €15,000 to include all expenses. Further details here https://www.westmeathcoco.ie/johnbroderickresidency
The residency is being managed by Westmeath County Council and the deadline for applications is Friday 8 May 2020 at 5pm. Further information can be sought from firstname.lastname@example.org