Mentoring opportunity for Clare writers

Mentoring opportunity for Clare writers


File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Clare County Council has been confirmed as one of 12 local authorities offering mentoring opportunities to writers, in partnership with Words Ireland. 

12 mentorships are being run with local authorities this year, along with a further 5 non-county specific ones.

The mentorships are open to writers of literary fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and children’s and young adult’s fiction.

“This county-specific opportunity will guarantee mentoring to a writer who was born in, or is resident for the last two consecutive years, in County Clare,” explained says Siobhán Mulcahy, Arts Officer with Clare County Council.

“We are delighted to be able to offer this opportunity to writers of any age, race, gender, nationality who are resident in County Clare, thus further developing Clare’s reputation as a haven for poets and writers.”

The closing date for applications is Thursday, 23 August 2018. Words Ireland is managing the application and selection processes. Full details are available from Words Ireland where applicants may submit their proposals for consideration also.

Further information is available from Tel: + 353 (0)1 872 1302,

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.