Maynooth University Department of English
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 10:00

Maynooth University Department of English and Kildare County Council Arts and Library Services are thrilled to announce the appointment of Annemarie Ní Churrreáin and Sue Rainsford as Writers-in-Residence for 2019/20.

Annemarie Ni Churreain
Annemarie Ní Churreáin is a poet from northwest Donegal. Her debut collection Bloodroot (Doire Press, 2017) was shortlisted for the Shine Strong Award for best first collection in Ireland and for the 2018 Julie Suk Award in the US. She is the author of a suite of letterpress poems about Dublin titled Town (The Salvage Press, 2018).  Ní Churreáin has been awarded literary fellowships from Akademie Schloss Solitude Germany, Jack Kerouac House Orlando and Hawthornden Castle Scotland. In 2018 Ní Churreáin was the recipient of the inaugural John Broderick Residency Award. In 2019 she is the Commissioned Writer at Templebar Gallery and Studios Dublin. 
Sue Rainsford
Sue Rainsford is a fiction and arts writer based in Dublin. Her practice is concerned with hybrid, lyric and embodied texts, explicit fusions of critical and corporeal enquiry, as well as with experiences that alter our understanding of flesh. A graduate of Trinity College and IADT, in January 2017 she completed her MFA in Writing & Literature at Bennington College, Vermont. She is a recipient of the VAI/DCC Critical Writing Award (2016/17), the Arts Council Literature Bursary Award (2013, 2018) and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship (2019).
Her debut novel, Follow Me To Ground, which received the Kate O’Brien Award and was long-listed for Desmond Elliott and Republic of Consciousness Award, is available from New Island Books, and is forthcoming in the UK with Doubleday Books and in the US with Scribner.  Sue is represented by Lucy Luck at C&W Agency, and with the generous support of the Arts Council she is currently working toward her second novel, Redder Days, also forthcoming with Doubleday.
We look forward to welcoming both Annemarie and Sue to Maynooth and to having them on campus for the coming year. Both authors will be involved with the Kildare Readers’ Festival, and a programme of events open to the public will be announced in the autumn.
For further information about the residencies, please contact Dr Oona Frawley (oona.frawley@mu.ie).