DKIT writer-in-residence will promote creative writing

FERDIA Mac Anna has been appointed as the first Writer-in-Residence at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT).

FERDIA Mac Anna has been appointed as the first Writer-in-Residence at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT).

He will be offering support to creative writers of all types as well as working on developing his own work over the next six months.

The aim of this project is to promote the practice of creative writing, reading, and the wider cultural and creative development of people through writing.

The project also involves St Joseph’s Primary School and the Arts Office of Louth Local Authorities who have generously supported the project financially.

The Writer-in-Residence will facilitate courses and workshops on creative writing, readings of work, one-to-one consultations and other events. Full details of these will be available soon.

Ferdia will begin facilitating workshops and courses in the next week. So if you have an interest in creative writing, or need help in finishing work, watch this space

Ferdia Mac Anna is a journalist, scriptwriter, novelist, television producer and director. His novels include The Last of the High Kings, The Ship Inspector and Cartoon City. He has edited the Penguin Book of Irish Comic Writing.

His plays include: The Last of Johnny Synge and Big Mom. Screenplays include The Ghost of Graine O Malley, Hamlet and his Brothers and Romeo on his Owneo.

He has also published his memoirs and story of his encounter with cancer as The last of the Bald Heads and tells the story of his time as Rocky Devalera in The Rocky Years.

A graduate of TCD and UCD, he was a Writer-in-Residence in DCU in 2000 and in Farmleigh House in 2011 and has taught creative writing in IADT, NUI Maynooth and the Irish Writers Centre.

To introduce Ferdia Mac Anna’s work to people DkIT is hosting a free screening of Last of the High Kings. This film is based on Mac Anna’s coming of age novel of the same title. Mac Anna will introduce the film, speak of his hopes for his residency and his father Tomas Mac Anna and Dundalk. The screening will be at 7 pm on 7 November. Further details: 042 - 9370310 or ferdia.macanna@dkit.