Deadline 4pm, Tuesday, June 2.

Waterford City & County Council is supporting a bursary for a Children’s Writer or Artist for a week-long residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in the company of Laureate na nÓg Áine Ní Ghlinn.

Aimed at mid-career children’s book artists the award is organised by Children’s Books Ireland and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre.

The award is for a total of five artists to avail of a week-long residency, to take place in December 2020. These bursaries are designed specifically for mid-career Irish children’s books authors or illustrators. Following 2019’s very successful residencies, Children’s Books Ireland is delighted to offer the bursaries again this year with a focus on creative exchange and collaboration. While several other schemes support emerging and debut artists, these bursaries exist to support more experienced, published authors and illustrators who require time and space to focus on their craft to the benefit of their continuing careers. Laureate na nÓg Áine Ní Ghlinn will be in attendance and the Laureate na nÓg project will fund two of the five bursaries. Preference for one of these places will be given to an artist published in the Irish language. In addition, Waterford City and County Council and Fingal County Council will each fund one bursary should a successful applicant reside in either jurisdiction.

Despite the current Covid-19 pandemic, associated restrictions and social-distancing guidelines, Children’s Books Ireland is dedicated to providing deeply worthwhile professional development opportunities for children’s books authors and illustrators at all stages in their careers.

Applicants must have at least two books for children published by a recognised publisher. Applications will be accepted by email only to Please include a cover letter including a statement of artistic intent, outlining the project you would like to focus on during your stay at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre as well as an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (max two A4 pages).

The deadline for applications is 4pm on Tuesday 2nd June. Applications will be assessed by a selection panel comprised of representatives of Children’s Books Ireland and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre. The successful applicants will be notified in mid-June. All bursaries will take place from 14th to 21st December 2020 so as to allow for creative exchange and collaboration between artists where appropriate.

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