Archive for May 11th, 2009

Fingal Bursaries

11th May 2009

Fingal County Council, in partnership with the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, is offering four special bursary awards for professional artists in Fingal.

These awards are offered to enhance the development of four specific arts disciplines:

  • visual arts
  • writing
  • music
  • dance

Each award will grant successful applicants the opportunity to spend two weeks in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Monaghan. This centre provides an ideal environment for the development of creative projects and an opportunity to network with other artists.


  • The applicant must be an emerging or established artist/writer, poet/musician/dancer or choreographer.
  • The applicant must be born or currently resident in Fingal administrative area.

Application forms and further information about the bursaries are available through Fingal Arts Office at 01-8906237 or email

The closing date for applications is Tuesday, 2 June 2009 at 4pm.

Comedy Busary Win

11th May 2009

The Irish Times reports that the first annual Dermot Morgan Foundation Bursary has been awarded to Diarmuid O’Brien – an IPSG member – for his comedy script about the workings of the Irish secret service.

The €5,000 award, in honour of the late Scrap Saturday and Father Ted comedian, was presented to its inaugural recipient, Diarmuid O’Brien, from Co Cork, in Dublin at the weekend.

The bursary is intended to encourage and support Irish comedy writing talent. A script and series proposal, based on his application, will be developed over the coming months. “He’s a bit of a dark comic, and is clearly talented, so it’s great to be able to give him the bursary to allow him take time off to develop the idea,” said Don Morgan, Dermot’s son.

CBI Conference

11th May 2009

Those writing for children should mark on their calendars the annual conference by Children’s Books Ireland, which takes place from 16-17 May in the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin.

Tackling the pertinent theme of Challenge and Change in Children’s Books, this year’s speakers will bring a huge wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table, promising an exciting weekend of discussion and debate.

On the home front, Ireland is well represented by the talents of Celine Kiernan (The Poison Throne), Andrew Whitson and Caitríona Hastings (An tSnáthaid Mhór), Orla Kenny & Mary Branley (Kids’ Own) and Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl, Airman), who will close proceedings on Sunday in conversation with Robert Dunbar.

From the UK, CBI is delighted to welcome illustration expert Martin Salisbury (Play Pen), award-winning authors Patrick Ness (The Knife of Never Letting Go) and David Almond (Skellig, Jackdaw Summer), as well as writer and publisher Verna Wilkins (Tamarind Books), who will present this year’s Ibby Ireland session.

Making perhaps the longest commute ever in the history of CBI conference speakers will be the celebrated Australian author and illustrator Shaun Tan (The Arrival, Tales from Outer Suburbia) who makes his first visit to Ireland especially for the conference.