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Literature


Literary interventions provided to date were generally pitched at an introductory level.   Future literary projects will aim to garner and further nurture writing skills, approaches and repertoire of existing literary collectives and individual writers, both amateur and professional.

Guiding policy

Kildare County Council will nurture and develop literature as an artform, providing opportunities for writers to develop their practice and to bring their work to new audiences

The Literature programme of Kildare County Council Arts Service's includes but is not limited to:

  • Extending the definition of literature, in relation to the arts development programme i.e. Writing for film, Curatorial practice, aural stories.
  • Prioritising the implementation of a Story Teller in Libraries Residence programme that focuses on parents and young children, tailored to specific local needs.
  • Considering new opportunities for writers to publicly present their work 
  • Continuing the support of the annual Cecil Day Lewis Adult Literary Bursary Award, with Athy Town Council
  • Continuing to support the Cecil Day Lewis Short Story and Poetry Awards for children, with Athy Heritage Centre
  • Continuing to provide quality Creative Writing initiatives to schools
  • Extending the Per Cent for Art scheme to include commissions in literature
  • Devising Literary Development programmes.
  • With the Library Service, review and extend the Story teller in Residence programme, according to need
  • With Riverbank Arts Centre, continue to develop opportunities for writers to present their work
  • Consider the potential of non-traditional arts spaces to present literary programmes.
  • Use the inaugural Aidan Higgins Literary Festival in 2007 to consider the establishment of an annual programme.