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Write about Roscommon in 250 words (or less) and win €250!
What does the county of Roscommon mean to you? Can you put your thoughts down in writing, in 250 words or less?

The ‘MY ROSCOMMON’ competition is organised by the Roscommon Writer-in-Residence scheme, which is funded by Roscommon County Council and The Arts Council, and supported by the Roscommon Herald, the Roscommon People and by Shannonside FM.

The winner will receive a monetary prize of €250 and will have their winning entry printed in the Roscommon Herald and the Roscommon People. It will also be broadcast on Shannonside FM.
(Runners-up may have their entries printed and broadcast, however there is only one monetary prize.)

• The competition is open to people of all ages, living anywhere, including overseas.
• Entries must be typed. Handwritten entries cannot be accepted.
• Include your name, address and contact details with your entry.
• There is no entry fee.
• All entries must be received by Wednesday, 28 August, 2013.
• A panel of adjudicators will choose the winning entry. The decision of the judges is final.
• Mark the number of words in your entry on the bottom of the page.
• Entries over the 250 word limit will be automatically disqualified.
• Post your entry to: ‘MY ROSCOMMON’, Roscommon Library, Roscommon Town, Ireland.
• You may also email your entry to: gboland@roscommoncoco.ie. Mark your email ‘MY ROSCOMMON’

All enquiries to: gboland@roscommoncoco.ie. or to mmullins@roscommoncoco.ie

  Roscommon County Council Call for Writer in Residence
October 2012 – May 2013


Information Brief

Roscommon County Council invites applications for a writer in residence for the period October 2012 to May 2013. The writer in residence is a partnership between the Library Services and the Arts Office of the County Council. The residency seeks to support writers in all genres. The residency is envisaged as a part-time position which will allow time both for the writer’s own work in addition to engagement and interaction with both the general public and more specifically with those with an interest in writing themselves.

Roscommon County Council believes that being involved with the arts can have a lasting and transforming effect on many aspects of people's lives, that the arts act as a tool by which we engage with the world, view ourselves, examine our value systems, provoke thought, and that it is through the arts that we express ourselves as individuals, groups and as a society whose sense of identity and purpose is expressed through art. While the arts play a central function in the cultural well being of the county, they also have vast implications socially and economically, the three strands of which are inherently intertwined.

The key elements of this Roscommon County Council Arts Plan 2009 – 2012 ‘Sustaining the Arts’ are -

• To build on the achievements of the previous plan, putting those programmes and projects that have proved successful on a secure and permanent footing.
• To maintain existing, and develop new strategic partnerships with other agencies and organisations to achieve mutually shared goals.
• To endeavour to ensure that to work as an artist in County Roscommon is a viable option for emerging and established professional artists.

The Aims of the Writer in Residence Programme are:

• To support the creative artists to develop her/his own work
• Create opportunities for communities to engage with writers through the Libraries and other community and arts networks

• To expand ,enhance and promote participation in literature

• To increase the number of people in the county engaged in creative writing

• To assist with the various literary programmes, events and activities as part of the cultural programme.

• To offer support, advise and assistance with literary related projects for the County Action Plan for Gathering 2013

Writer’s Brief

Writers are invited to take inspiration from varied sources, to include the library environment, local communities and arts groups in the county. The work may involve working with various demographics in the county, including young people, older people and those new to writing. The details of the Residence Programme will be agreed in consultation with the appointed writer. The programme will be supervised by the County Librarian and SEO: Libraries Arts, Culture & Heritage.

Selection Process

Writers will submit a proposal together with details of previous work to date as follows:
• A typed curriculum vitae
• Examples of previous work
• Publications, programmes or published articles, such as reviews.
• Typed proposal outlining artistic ideas and approaches (no more than two typed pages); this should include an outline of the benefits of the residency to her/his stage of development as a writer and ideas in relation to public engagement during the residency and how s/he might engage with the various community and art groups

Closing date for submission of material: close of business on 28th September 2012

Criteria for selection
1. Artistic merit and distinctiveness of proposal
2. Quality of previous work
3. Suitability of the proposal to the context
4. Facilitation ability and experience.
5. Overall suitability.

Applicants will be short-listed on the basis of their submissions and short-listed applicants will be called for interview.

Insurance and Tax
Please note that the appointed writer will be required to have Public Liability Insurance. The successful writer will be required to provide Roscommon County Council with a tax clearance certificate prior to signing of contracts.

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 Roscommon County Council.
The successful candidate will be required to undergo Garda Vetting.

Applications should be submitted to:

Richie Farrell,
County Librarian
SEO: Libraries Arts, Culture & Heritage,
County Library,
Abbey Street,

The Writer in Residence Programme is subject to funding.


If you are a writer who was either born or are currently living in Roscommon and you would like to show your work on this website, please contact the arts office and we will arrange to display your work on-line.

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Maura Connaire  
Geraldine Corr  
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