Draíocht is thrilled to welcome writer and theatre maker Lianne O'Hara, for Gap Days this month.
Lianne's writing is published in Winter Papers, The Rialto, Arc Poetry Magazine, The London Magazine, Abridged, Poetry Ireland Review, Banshee, and elsewhere.
In 2023 she was selected for Gap Day, the Abbey Theatre Writers’ Workshop with Martyna Majok, a Gate Theatre Masterclass with Clean Break, and the Irish Writers Centre’s National Mentoring Programme.
In previous years she has been selected for Poetry Ireland Introductions and writers’ residencies at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Faberlull, and Cill Rialaig. She is the recipient of two Literature Bursaries and an Agility Award from the Arts Council of Ireland.
Her poetry is preserved in the Irish Poetry Reading Archive and has been shortlisted for the London Magazine Poetry Prize and Bridport Prize. Her poem ‘Nine Months, at 34’ won the 2023 Arc Poem of the Year Readers’ Choice Award. ‘Soap’ features in the Ink & Imagination exhibition at the Museum of Literature Ireland.
Her play 'Fluff' had a sell out run at Dublin Fringe Festival 2022.
She teaches creative writing at University College Dublin and the Irish Writers Centre, is a professional member at the IWC and a studio member at A4 Sounds. She is represented by Peter Straus at Rogers, Coleridge & White.
A Gap Day allows a freelance artist to dedicate a day to the creative research and thinking they have put on the long finger. It’s up to them what they spend the day doing – reading, writing, thinking, drawing, walking, dreaming. Whatever they don’t normally have time to do; whatever they think is needed.
Artists are paid to spend a day working creatively, hosted by a cultural organisation close to their home. Gap Day has been run by creative producer Lian Bell and Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre since 2015.
Draíocht is recognised as a creative hub and laboratory space and invests significantly in the development of artist's practice by the provision of benefit in kind support such as space, technical support, admin/marketing support and specialist expertise. We offer a wide range of opportunities to artists i.e. commissions, residencies, artist studios/rehearsal space, co-productions, co-commissions, seed funding, mentoring.
Our Artist Support Series, launched during Covid-19, has helped 79 artists in 2020, 50 artists in 2021 and 74 artists in 2022, with the provision of free rehearsal and creative space. Space to rehearse, write, create, film, dance, think & plan ... whatever is needed!
With thanks to our funders Fingal County Council & The Arts Council.
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