Arts Council names Sinéad Gleeson as Writing Fellow at UCD

Posted 6 November, 2018

Acclaimed Irish writer Sinéad Gleeson has been named the Arts Council Writing Fellow in residence at University College Dublin.

Known for her short stories and The Book Show on RTÉ Radio One, Ms Gleeson is expected to begin classes with students in Spring 2019.

Speaking about the appointment, she said: “Really looking forward to teaching students, exploring forms, nurturing new voices, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to focus on writing.”

Funded by the Arts Council and the UCD School of English, Drama, Film and Creative Writing, the Writer’s Fellowship aims to give an author the unique opportunity to develop their skills in a university environment.

It also provides students with the opportunity to engage with a practicing writer.

A UCD alumnus, Ms Gleeson will take up the Fellowship role from January next year until June.

She is currently writing a novel, which she will be working on as part of the Writer's Fellowship role.

Picador will publish her debut book of essays, Constellations, in April 2019.

Ms Gleeson’s work has appeared in literary magazines such as Granta, Winter Papers, Gorse and Banshee and Elsewhere Journal.

Her short stories have been published in the anthologies Looking at the Stars, The Broken Spiral, Repeal the 8th and Being Various.

And her poetry published in the anthologies Washing Windows, Irish Women Write Poetry, Autonomy and Reading the Future.

Editor of three short anthologies, including the award-winning collections The Long Gaze Back and The Glass Shore, Ms Gleeson is regularly featured as a critic in the Irish Times and on radio.

By: David Kearns, Digital Journalist / Media Officer, UCD University Relations