OPEN CALL: Discovery Writers’ Residency

10 June 2019

Discovery Gospel Choir, Ireland’s foremost intercultural choir, invites applications for a day-long writers’ residency which will take place in north east inner city Dublin on Sunday 23rd June. On this residency, you will develop pieces of writing to be performed at Discovery’s concert on Saturday 29th June.

This exciting new initiative will feature writing exercises from award winning poet and creative writing lecturer Ailbhe Darcy. It is supported by the Department of Justice Communities Integration Fund.

The residency is open to writers working in any genre (poetry, drama, spoken word, fiction, non-fiction, etc). We hope to attract a diverse range of applicants, particularly representing the following groups:

  • Residents of North East Inner City Dublin
  • Ethnically diverse applicants
  • Socioeconomically diverse applicants
  • Established writers
  • Less experienced writers
  • Members (previous or current) of Discovery Gospel Choir

Applications are encouraged from writers of all levels of experience. We hope that newer writers will gain from working alongside more established writers and vice versa.

The residency will have a focus on the history and experiences of the diverse communities to whom the north east inner city of Dublin is home. Participants will be exposed to existing art inspired by the area, and engagement and interaction with speakers and historians from the neighbourhood. There may be an emphasis on the parallels and links between the experiences of old and new communities: for example, the Magdalene laundries and Direct Provision, and asylum seekers and longer-standing Dubs uniting against the housing crisis.

Throughout the day, participants will be invited to respond to these eye-opening experiences through a series of writing exercises. The target audience for the writing will be members of the general public attending Discovery’s concert on Saturday 29th June. Availability for the concert is encouraged but optional.

The residency will run from 9am to 5pm, and is based in St. Thomas’ Church, Cathal Brugha Street, where writing spaces, food, tea and coffee will be provided throughout the day.

Participants must be over 18 years old. There will be a walking tour. Please let us know if this activity raises any concerns for you in terms of accessibility and wellbeing.

TO APPLY, please send the following by the closing date, Friday 14th June at 5pm:

1. A brief email/letter referring to your relevance to one or more of the target groups above, and confirming that you will be available to attend the residency at St.Thomas’ Church, Dublin 1, from 9am until 5pm on Sunday 23rd June. Include your email address and phone number.

2. A CV or short biography of your past experience.

3. One example of your writing (in pdf/word format, mp3 (for spoken word), or as a link to online writing/video/sound recording).

Email your application to Nessa at:

Or post to: Discovery Workshops, 56 North Avenue, Mount Merrion, Dublin A94 T3Y0.

Applications must be submitted by 5PM ON FRIDAY 14TH JUNE 2019. Applicants will be emailed with a result by the following Tuesday.

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