We proudly present this year’s delegates, Darragh Ambrose, Eva Griffin, Kevin O’hÉanna and Andrew Maguire! Now in its second year, the IWC Young Writer Delegates Programme is intended to give young writers an opportunity to immerse themselves in a literature festival, soak up the atmosphere and to contribute to it as active participants. The selected four young writers will be given festival passes and four days of full literary immersion in its events and activities.
During this period, they will be supported by spoken word poet Ciara Ní É who will act as a mentor, encouraging the delegates to reflect on the festival share their views online.
You can keep up with the Young Writer Delegates on the Irish Writers Centre and Dublin Book Festival’s social media.
Darragh Ambrose is from Dublin. A graduate of psychology, he was recently fired from the Crumlin Village Missile Defence Programme (CVMDP) for a breach of confidentiality. He has had short stories published online at Headstuff and in the University Observer.
Eva Griffin is a poet living in Dublin and a founding member of Not4U Collective, working to platform marginalised voices in poetry by hosting events and publishing zines. Her debut pamphlet ‘Fake Hands/Real Flowers’ is forthcoming December 2019 from Broken Sleep Books.
Kevin Ó hÉanna is a short story writer from Dublin and has previously lived in Scotland and New York. He is due to graduate from the University of St Andrews with a master’s degree in Postcolonial Literature, having previously studied English at Trinity College. Kevin has been published in the Irish Times, Tn2, Inklight, Hearing Aid Magazine and in an anthology in conjunction with Fighting Words. In his spare time he enjoys pints, cheese and explaining Postcolonial theory to members of the public.
Andrew Maguire has an MA in Creative Writing from the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University Belfast, and is employed at South West College, where he writes and edits Way Out West, which won best blog at the 2017 European Digital Communication Awards in Berlin. He’s a committee member for the Omagh Literary Festival, Honouring Benedict Kiely. His fiction has been published in journals including Blackbird, The Honest Ulsterman and The Bath Flash Fiction Anthology and his non-fiction has been published with the Irish Times.