Council’s Writer In Residence Continues Work During Lockdown

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Writer in Residence Máire Holmes gives a tutorial on Zoom.

KERRY’S writer in residence Máire Holmes has been at her desk in Galway working for the past nine months.

Using online meetings and emails she has been connecting with and mentoring writers’ groups and writers, despite lockdowns and restrictions.

Máire’s work with people has been extended thanks to funding from Healthy Ireland’s #KeepWell campaign. This additional funding will allow Máire to continue her residency for another 12 weeks.

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“The arts in these difficult times helps people stay connected and provides an outlet for creative expression,” says the Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Patrick Connor-Scarteen. “I am delighted that Kerry County Council is able to offer an extension of this service to the people of Kerry.”

“I am delighted to be extending the residency via technology,” Máire says. “Writing is a very powerful way of processing events and emotions. It is a gift we all have, and I am honoured to be in a position that helps people bring out what needs to be expressed.” She added, “Creativity in Kerry has blossomed  during lockdown, thanks to the support of the team at the Arts Office.”

Máire gives one-to-one remote mentoring sessions as well as group sessions with writers’ groups.

Anyone who has not yet made contact but is interested in availing of the writer in residence services should contact Kerry County Council’s Arts Office on /066 7183541. The Writer in Residence is funded by Kerry County Council, The Arts Council and Creative Ireland.

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