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Artist in Residence

The UCD John Hume Institute Artist in Residence for the 2008/09 academic session is Dr. Nessa O’Mahony.

During her fellowship, Dr. O’Mahony will co-ordinate a programme of activities around the theme of cultural identity in the ‘New Ireland’. She will edit an anthology of Irish and immigrant writing and will curate a series of public readings in UCD by leading writers of the Irish Diaspora. She will also lead a series of creative writing workshops for UCD students and will, in her own work, creatively explore notions of migration, emigration and notions of ‘Irishness’ in the modern Ireland.

For the past 18 months, Dr. O’Mahony has been acting as joint facilitator of Women Writers in the New Ireland (WWINI), a network of women writers from immigrant and new communities established under the Migration and Citizenship Research Initiative (MCRI), led by Dr. Alice Feldman, at UCD. The fellowship will build on that work in order to create a programme that contributes to the cultural life of the UCD community and that fosters a greater public awareness of the role writers play in forging concepts of cultural identity in a changing Ireland.


'Writing Home', a series of readings by writers of, and about, Diaspora is hosted by the John Hume Institute for Global Irish Studies, University College Dublin, 2009. All readings to take place at 1pm at the Q014 Lecture theatre, Quinn Building.

12th February

Yang Lian (video)

26th March
Women Writers in the New Ireland
2nd April
Tess Gallagher
23rd April
John O’Donoghue
7th May
Joseph O’Connor
14 May
Paul Muldoon


Terry O’Hagan “Early Christian Landscape, Co. Mayo” (2008)