Arts Council Grant for an Archive of Working-Class Writing

23 Nov 2020

We are delighted to announce that IRC Postdoctoral Fellow, 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 scholarship and research. Whilst a significant amount of the historical material to be digitised and put online has already been collected by Dr. Penney, the project team have opened a call for any self-published creative work by community groups in Ireland over the last 60 years.

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