OPEN CALL: Discovery Writers’ Residency

If you’re based in Dublin, consider applying for this day-long creative writing residency with Discovery Gospel Choir on Sunday 23rd June.

The residency will be based around a free writing workshop facilitated by writer and performer Dave Lordan and will focus on the history and diverse communities of the north east inner city of Dublin.

Lordan has been described as Ireland’s most vital and courageous poet, and a performer of electrifying intensity. Lordan provides a portal to the inspirational power of the spoken and written word, and is currently one of Ireland’s leading educators in creative writing.

As part of the residency, you’ll meet people from the area, engage with already-existing art and learn about local history. You’ll be encouraged to think about the parallels and links between the experiences of old and new communities: for example, the Magdalene laundries and Direct Provision, and asylum seekers and longer-standing Dubs uniting against the housing crisis.

And here’s the best bit: the work you produce will be performed at a Discovery Gospel Choir concert a week later, on Saturday 29th June. 

The Elephant in the Room


The residency is open to writers over the age of 18, working in any genre (poetry, drama, spoken word, fiction, non-fiction, etc). Applications are welcome from writers of all levels of experience, with applications from the following groups particularly encouraged:

Residents of North East Inner City Dublin
Ethnically diverse applicants
Socioeconomically diverse applicants
Established writers
Less experienced writers
Members (previous or current) of Discovery Gospel Choir

The residency will run from 9am to 5pm, and is based in St. Thomas’ Church, Cathal Brugha Street, where writing spaces, food, tea and coffee will be provided throughout the day.

Throughout the day, participants will be invited to participate in a series of writing exercises. The target audience for the writing will be members of the general public attending Discovery’s concert on Saturday 29th June. Availability for the concert on the 29th of June is encouraged but optional.

A walking tour of the area will form part of the day’s activities. Please let us know if this activity raises any concerns for you in terms of accessibility and wellbeing.

TO APPLY, please send the following by the closing date, Friday 14th June at 5pm:

1. A brief email/letter referring to your relevance to one or more of the target groups above, and confirming that you will be available to attend the residency at St.Thomas’ Church, Dublin 1, from 9am until 5pm on Sunday 23rd June. Include your email address and phone number.

2. A CV or short biography of your past experience.

3. One example of your writing (in pdf/word format, mp3 (for spoken word), or as a link to online writing/video/sound recording).

Email your application to Nessa at:
Or post to: Discovery Workshops, 56 North Avenue, Mount Merrion, Dublin A94 T3Y0.

Applications must reach us by 5PM ON FRIDAY 14TH JUNE 2019. Applicants will be emailed with a result by the following Tuesday.

We look forward to hearing from you! Ubuntu!

This exciting new initiative is supported by the Department of Justice Communities Integration Fund.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s