Holmes from Home – Máire Returns as Council’s Writer in Residence

Flashback: Kerry County Council Writer in Residence, Maire Holmes (left) during her previous stint in Kerry in 2015. She is pictured with: Jane Ovbude, Tralee; Kate Kennelly, Kerry County Council Arts Officer and Mayor of Killarney Municipal Area, Cllr. Bobby O’Connell at the Ivy Leaf Art Centre. ©Photograph: John Reidy  23-10-2015

Máire Holmes is Kerry County Council’s new writer in residence, co-funded by the Arts Council and Creative Ireland.

This isn’t Máire’s first residency in Kerry – she proved immensely popular here a number of years ago, interacting with students and writers all across the county at events, libraries and readings.

Home for Holmes

“I am delighted to be coming back to Kerry,” Máire says, “and am looking forward to meeting with writers for my residency. I’m half packed already!

She’s grateful to the Muckross House Trustees for making available a cottage at which she can stay during her residency.

Giving Writers a Platform

Máire plans to meet with writers in one-to-one mentoring sessions – “I want to give dedicated writers a performance platform,” she explains.

“The solo writer is familiar with solitude and yet seeks some way to be heard, by sharing work that is not yet published.”

Starting in March

Máire Holmes will commence her residency in March and anyone interested in mentoring or school visits should watch Kerry Arts Office’s social media for updates.

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