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07 May 2018

New Literary Prize at the Dublin Horse Show

A €3,500 bursary for an emerging Irish writer will be piloted this year at the Dublin Horse Show, with the RDS partnering with The Stinging Fly. The editorial team at The Stinging Fly will nominate the writer in May; the Dublin Horse Show takes place August 8-12 which the writer will be asked to attend and create a piece of work on foot of their experience. The writer will be based in the RDS for the duration of the Show and will have access to all of the public and some of the behind-the-scenes aspects of the Show. The selected writer will also be asked to speak about their work, as well as their experience of the Show and the piece it inspired, as part of the RDS Library Speaker Series at a later date.

Michael Duffy, CEO of the RDS said: “This really is a new departure for the RDS. Within the arts, we have a strong pedigree in supporting emerging music performers and visual artists, but this is the first time that we have put financial support in place for the literary arts. Artists make a significant contribution to Irish society and to Ireland’s creative reputation, yet many emerging artists can find it very difficult to earn a living from their work. If successful, we hope that this bursary will become an annual prize and act as support for emerging Irish writers.”

Sally Rooney of The Stinging Fly said: “we’re very happy to be working with the RDS on this and I am looking forward to putting together a shortlist of writers for the programme. This kind of support is really appreciated by emerging writers and it’s great to be involved.”

The 2018 RDS Writer-in-Residence will receive a bursary of €3,500 as well as a €600 stipend to assist with their accommodation and travel costs. The style of creative output will be decided with the selected writer. The project aims to support a talented emerging writer as they develop their early professional career.

Once selected it is anticipated that the writer will undertake initial research on the Show over the summer months before the Dublin Horse Show commences on Wednesday, August 8. When their work is complete they will be invited to speak about it during as part of the RDS Library Speaker Series, in an event that will be co-hosted with The Stinging Fly.

The Dublin Horse Show (August 8 – 12, 2018) is a highlight of the Irish social and sporting calendar. The pilot of the RDS Writer-in-Residence at the Dublin Horse Show will be part of the RDS Arts Work Programme, whose goal is to provide a platform that supports the transition from emerging to professional artist.

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