Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is delighted to announce the appointment of Colm Keegan as the 2014-2015 Writer in Residence. Colm will be undertaking a twelve month residency which will see him working in both the recently refurbished Blackrock Library and the new Central Library and Cultural Centre (CLCC) in Dún Laoghaire, due to open later in 2014. Colm will also focus on developing his own work and we are pleased to announce that he will have a dedicated room on the top floor of the new Central Library and Cultural Centre when the library is completed. The writer in residence is a partnership between the Library Service and the Arts Office of the County Council, grant-aided by the Arts Council.
Colm is a writer and poet from Clondalkin, Dublin. Since 2005, he has been shortlisted four times for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award, for both poetry and fiction. He was shortlisted for the International Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition in 2008 and won the All Ireland Poetry Slam in 2010. He co-runs the monthly arts event ‘Nighthawks at the Cobalt’ and is co-founder and facilitator of the Inklinks Project, a creative writing initiative for young people in Clondalkin. He teaches creative writing to adults as part of 'Write-On' in Axis Ballymun, and to teens in secondary schools across Ireland.
In 2011, Colm was nominated for the Dublin Fringe’s ‘Little Gem Award’ for the play he co-wrote with Stephen James Smith and Kalle Ryan – Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About – which has toured Ireland and sold out in Bristol, London and Paris.
Colm contributes to RTÉ Radio One's Arena and he is currently working on his first novel. His debut collection, Don't Go There was released in 2012 and is available from www.salmonpoetry.com
For more information about the Writer in Residence, please contact Marian Thérèse Keyes, Senior Executive Librarian: Bibliographic Services, Reader Development and Outreach.
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