SMC Sponsored Programs | Celtic Studies | Ireland Fund Artist-in-Residence Program 

The Celtic Studies Writer/Artist-in-Residence Program is an initiative funded by the generosity of The Ireland Fund of Canada. Each year a writer, artist or musician spends time with the Celtic Studies Program, meeting with students, speaking to classes, giving public performances or readings, and generally being available to students.

Glenn Patterson (October 2013)

Glenn Patterson was born in Belfast and educated there and at the University of East Anglia, where he studied for an MA in Creative Writing under Malcolm Bradbury and Angela Carter. He is the author of eight novels and two works of non-fiction. His plays and stories have been broadcast on Radio 3 and Radio 4, and his articles and essays have appeared in the Guardian, Observer, Sunday Times, Independent, Irish Times, and Dublin Review. After stints as a Creative Writing Fellow at the University of East Anglia and a writer-in-residence at University College Cork, he has been a writer-in-residence at Queen’s University Belfast since 1994. He has also presented numerous television documentaries and an arts review series for RTE. A film, Good Vibrations, co-written with Colin Carberry, is due for cinema release in 2013. In 2008 he was awarded a Lannan Literary Fellowship. He is a member of Aosdana, an Irish association of creative artists. His publications includeBurning Your Own, which won the 1988 Rooney Prize for Irish literature, and The Mill for Grinding Old People Young, which was chosen as Belfast’s One City One Book Choice for 2012.

Read Glenn’s column in The Guardian: “Belfast, a brick and the G8 Summit”

Charles Foran (February 2013)

Charlie Foran is the author of 10 books, including Mordecai: The Life and Times, a biography of Mordecai Richler, and The Last House of Ulster, a study of the Troubles. Among his novels areCarolan’s Farewell and Kitchen Music, both set in Ireland. An early graduate of the Celtic Studies program at St. Michael’s College, Foran holds a Master’s Degree in Irish Literature from University College, Dublin. He has won many awards for his fiction and non-fiction, including the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Charles Taylor Prize, and has taught literature at universities in China, Hong Kong, and Canada.

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill (October 2011)

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill are two of Ireland’s best-known and most-respected traditional musicians – so well known and well respected, in fact, that in 2011 they played before President Barack Obama at a special St. Patrick’s Day luncheon in Washington.

From County Clare, Martin Hayes is a six-time winner of the All Ireland Fiddle Championship, with five CDs that have received widespread critical acclaim.  Hot Press has described him as “the most important individual musician in Ireland right now,” and in 2008 the Irish language station TG4 made him Musician of the Year.  Dennis Cahill, from Chicago, is a guitarist’s guitarist, a master of accompaniment whose style is a perfect match for Martin Hayes’ fiddle playing.  As the Irish Echo put it:  “There’s no more impressive partnership in Irish instrumental music today than Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill.”

Read article from the University of Toronto News

Find out more about Martin Hayes and Denis Cahill

Kevin Barry, writer (October 2010)

Kevin Barry is one of Ireland’s rising literary stars, winner of the 2007 Rooney Prize for his short story collection There are Little Kingdoms. His novel City of Bohane was published in 2011. Kevin Barry was born in Limerick in 1969 and now lives in Dublin. He writes sketches and columns for the Sunday Herald in Glasgow and the Irish Examiner in Cork and has had a story published in the New Yorker. He has written about travel and literature for The Guardian, The Irish Times, The Sydney Morning Herald and many other publications.

Read a short interview with Kevin Barry:

Read Kevin’s story Fjord of Killary from The New Yorker

Paul Durcan, poet (October 2009)

One of modern Ireland’s most distinctive poets, Paul Durcan, born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1944, was educated at University College, Cork, where he studied archaeology and medieval history.

In 1974 he won the Patrick KavanaghAward. He was Poet in Residence at the Frost Place, New Hampshire, in 1985, and Writer in Residence at Trinity College, Dublin, in 1990. He was awarded the Irish American Cultural Institute Poetry Award in 1989 and his collection Daddy, Daddy (1990) won the Whitbread Poetry Award. He was joint winner of the 1995 Heinemann Award. His most recent collections of poetry are The Art of Life (2004), and The Laughter of Mothers (2008).

Find out more about Paul Durcan

Claire Keegan, writer (March 2009)

Claire Keegan was raised on a farm in County Wicklow. She earned an M.A. in the teaching and practice of Creative Writing at the University of Wales at Cardiff, and an M.Phil. from Trinity College, Dublin. Keegan’s stories have won numerous awards: the William Trevor Prize, the Kilkenny Prize, the Olive Cook Award, the Tom-Gallon Award, the Martin Healy Prize, the Macaulay Fellowship, and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. She was twice awarded the Francis MacManus Award and was also a Wingate Scholar. Most recently Keegan was the winner of the 25,000 Davy Byrnes Irish Writing Award 2009.

An interview with Claire Keegan, Celtic Studies Writer-in-Residence read the interview |Claire Keeganreads from Walk the Blue Fields: View the video | Find out more about Claire Keegan

Bernard MacLaverty, writer (October 2007)

Bernard MacLaverty, born in Belfast in 1942, was educated at St. Malachy’s College and Queen’s University in Belfast. He has published five collections of short stories and four novels. His novel Grace Notes was awarded the 1997 Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award and shortlisted for many other major prizes, including the Booker Prize for Fiction and the Whitbread Novel Award.

Find out more about Bernard MacLaverty

Updated May 28, 2015