Waterford City & County Council – Bursary for Molly Keane Writers Retreat - August 2019 The Arts Office, Waterford City & County Council is offering Waterford Writers’ the opportunity to attend the Molly Keane Writers Retreat in Ardmore, Co. Waterford free of charge. A number of non residential bursaries are on offer for a three day writing retreat ‘Time to Write’ with Lani O’ Hanlon from 16th to 18th August 2019 inclusive. The closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Monday 27th May 2019. ‘Time to Write’ with Lani O'Hanlon A three day writing retreat Whether you have a project that needs to be finished, are just starting out, or floundering somewhere in the middle, this focused three-day retreat will give you space and time to concentrate on your own writing, moving through the blocks that normally hinder your progress, at any stage of the creative process. Held in the cocoon of the Molly Keane Writers Retreat, with its famed and historic hospitality, and by Lani O' Hanlon's subtle, grounded and intuitive, creative support, we will meet each morning for a focused writing workshop - 10-11.30am. We will then retreat for a concentrated writing -hour and a half - meeting for a light lunch at 1.30pm. In the afternoons another hour and a half of concentrated writing or you are free to explore the beach, the garden or the cliff and dream into your project, before gathering for afternoon tea and another focused workshop. You will also avail of a one to one, forty minute consultation. Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August 2019 Daily Schedule : Arrive at 9.30am for refreshments to begin at 10.00am Finish at 5.30pm approx. Cost for 3 days: €250 including light lunch and refreshments. TERMS & CONDITIONS If you are successful in your application for a bursary from Waterford City & County Council you may be required to do the following: • Agree to the any photographs being used by Waterford City & County Council and the Molly Keane Writers Retreat for promotional purposes. • Submit a short report to Waterford City & County Council on your experience at the Molly Keane Writers Retreat before the end of August 2019. • Please note late applications will not be considered. • Hard copies only of applications will be considered to the stated address. • Emailed or Faxed applications are invalid. • Applicants must be currently resident within Waterford Council’s administrative area. If you have already secured a place on this course and paid a deposit, you can still apply for this bursary. If you are successful the Molly Keane Writers Retreat will refund any deposit/payments if the bursary assigned is a full one. It is at the discretion of the adjudicators as to what level of support is assigned and a partial bursary may be offered. The right remains not to assign a bursary. Closing Date for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Monday 27th May 2019 Waterford City & County Council - Bursary Application Form Molly Keane Writers Retreat ‘Time to Write’ August 2019 BLOCK CAPITALS PLEASE Name:__________________________________________________ Address: (Please note that you must be resident within Waterford’s administrative area to qualify) _____________________________________________________________ If you have been resident at this address for less than three years please give details of previous address _________________________________________ Phone: ________________ Email: ___________________________ Could financial constraints prevent you from attending the retreat week? If so, please give further information: ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ Have you previously received any bursary or support from Waterford City & County Council? Please list: (Year) ______________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ How do you expect your in the Molly Keane Writers Retreat could feed back into the literary activities in the Waterford? ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ On a separate sheet (please submit no more than one typed A4 page) outline details your literary interest/experience and how you feel attendance at this workshop will benefit you. Please tick if you wish to be considered for a partial bursary should you not be offered a full bursary  Bursary recipients will be announced at the Presentation of the Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2019 in Lismore Library on Saturday 15th June 2019 at 2pm. Please tick here if you are available to attend  Signing of this form means that you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of this scheme. Please note that the bursary will be paid directly to the Molly Keane Writers Retreat on the successful applicants behalf and is for a non residential bursary which does not include optional extras should they arise. I consent to the processing and sharing of my personal data to Waterford City & County Council and to external assessors for the purposes of this award only. I believe that this information will not be used for any other purposes. Signed: ______________________ Date: ___________________ Please return completed application forms to: Writing Bursary Application, Margaret Organ, Arts Officer, Waterford City & County Council, Civic Offices, Davitt’s Quay, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. Closing Date for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Monday 27th May 2019

Time to Write

Winner of  Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2018 announced


Waterford City & County Council’s Arts Office is pleased to announce that the winner of the national Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2018 is Anne O’ Leary from Glanmire, Co. Cork with a story titled ‘Fortune’.

Anne has previously won the From the Well Short Story Competition 2017 and was runner-up in the UCC/Carried In Waves Short Story Competition 2015. She was shortlisted for the Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award 2016 and highly commended in 2017. She was long listed for the Irish Novel Fair 2016 and RTÉ Guide/Penguin Ireland Short Story Competition 2015. Her work has been published in The Nottingham Review, Halo Literary Journal, Spontaneity, The Incubator and The Sunday People newspaper. Last year, she was awarded a mentorship bursary by the Munster Literature Centre to work on a novel project with 2017 Frank O’Connor Fellow, Marie-Helene Bertino.


 ‘Fortune’ is the twenty first winner of the Molly Keane Creative Writing Award run by Waterford City & County Council’s Arts Office with support from the Arts Council and by kind permission of the Keane family. Anne read her winning story at a presentation ceremony during the IMMRAMA Festival, Lismore (16/6/2018) and was presented with prize money of €500 and a commemorative certificate.


Margaret Organ, Arts Officer thanked all the entrants and the judges for their efforts.

The results of bursary support for Waterford writers to attend a three day writing course ‘Time to Write’ with Writer in Residence Lani O’ Hanlon at the Molly Keane Writers Retreat, Ardmore were also announced as being awarded to Fergus Hogan, Waterford City, Siobhán Twomey, Lismore, Sandra Clarke, Dungarvan and Paul Edmondson/Waterford city.