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RDS Writer-in-Residence

The RDS Writer-in-Residence, in partnership with The Stinging Fly Magazine, is a pilot project which supports a talented emerging writer who seeks a professional career in writing by engaging them to produce a creative literary piece. The pilot residency took place during the 2018 Longines FEI Nations CupTM of Ireland at the Stena Line Dublin Horse Show, a highlight on the Irish sporting and social calendars.

Literature is of utmost importance to the city of Dublin, and to Ireland. This pilot project sees the RDS beginning to support writers, thus expanding the Society's contribution to the cultural development and enrichment of Ireland.

About the 2018 RDS Writer-in-Residence - Ian Maleney

Ian Maleney is a young writer from Offaly who is based in Dublin. He works primarily in creative non-fiction. Prior to the 2018 Longines FEI Nations CupTM of Ireland at the Stena Line Dublin Horse Show, Ian had never experienced the Show and had little knowledge of the equestrian industry. In the months leading up to the Show he carried out research in the RDS Library and familiarised himself with the RDS grounds.

Throughout the 2018 Show Ian conducted interviews with numerous personalities involved in the Show and produced a creative writing piece based on his experiences. This piece will be disseminated via a reading at an RDS Library Speaker Series event in Spring 2019 and will be published in the 2019 Longines FEI Nations CupTM of Ireland at the Stena Line Dublin Horse Show Programme. 

Ian is due to release his debut Minor Monuments in Spring 2019. This collection of essays was listed by the Irish Times and Irish Independent as a book to look forward to in 2019.


RDS Library Speaker Series Event

Ian Maleney - Writer-in-Residence at the 2018 Dublin Horse Show

The RDS Library Speaker Series will host the 2018 RDS Writer-in-Residence on April 9 in the RDS Minerva Suite. At this event Ian will read an excerpt from his piece inspired by his experience of the Show before joining special guests to discuss his time in the RDS, the themes of his work, the Show, emerging writer supports in Ireland and his future plans. 

Brendan McArdle will Chair the discussion and host a Q&A session. Brendan is a well-known Equestrian Commentator and possesses a wealth of knowledge on the Show and the equine industry.

Other panellists include Louise Parkes, a journalist, author and press officer specialising in equestrian sports, she has been the Equestrian Correspondent for The Irish Independent since 1995; and Declan Meade, Founding Editor of The Stinging Fly literary magazine and well known as a nurturer for emerging writers in Ireland.

This event is free of charge and open to all, it is possible to book your place to attend on the RDS website.


About the partner - The Stinging Fly Magazine

The Stinging Fly Magazine was established in 1997 to seek out, publish and promote the very best in new Irish and International writing by providing emerging writers with an opportunity to have their work published. The Stinging Fly is known as being ‘a champion of new writing since its first triannual issue appeared in Spring 1998’ as noted by Catherine Taylor for the Irish Times. Writers to be published by The Stinging Fly include Kevin Barry, Sara Baume, Lisa McInerney, Nuala O’Connor and Colin Barrett.

Declan Meade, Founding Editor and Sally Rooney, Magazine Editor make up the editorial team and worked with the RDS to select the emerging writer to receive the resident bursary.


For further information contact:

Dara O'Leary
RDS Arts Programme Manager
Dublin 4
Tel: +353 (0) 1 240 7255
Email: arts@rds.ie

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