Arts Council Grant for an Archive of Working-Class Writing

At-large steering committee member, Dr. Emma Penney, has received a Literature Project Award in English from the Arts Council of Ireland. She will carry out a collaborative project with poet Sophie Meehan and digital artist Áine O’Hara. This project team will curate an online archive of community publications from the 1970s and 1980s as well as creating a living and growing archival space for work produced by community writing groups today. The aim of the project is to recover and amplify the voices of working-class writers and independent collectives whose creative output has remained uncollected, unread and unconsulted for decades. The team hope that this dynamic archive will enact a lost history and validate working-class creative futures. The archive will become an important resource for the representation and amplification of working-class voices in Ireland, with potential to inspire international comparative studies. Contact Dr. Penney for more information at <emma.penney@ucdconnect.ie>.

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