Sunday 16 June 2019

Fingal writing pair win Arts Council awards

Fingal author, Kevin Breathnach
Fingal author, Kevin Breathnach

Two Fingal writers have received Arts Council Next Generation Awards worth €20,000 each

Fingal writers, Kevin Breathnach and Lauren Foley have been awarded prestigious Next Generation bursaries by the Arts Council, the state agency for funding and developing the arts has announced.

The Next Generation programme recognises and promotes a selection of artists from different disciplines, such as traditional arts, music, dance film, theatre and literature, and gives them the time they need to develop their practice. The artists are based right across the country.

Awarded with €20,000 each, Kevin and Lauren are just two of the 18 innovative artists given Next Generation awards.

Kevin Breathnach is a Fingal writer who currently lives in Belfast.

His work has appeared in the Dublin Review, The Tangerine, Response to a Request and more.

His debut collection of essays, Tunnel Vision, in which intimate portrayals of unstable masculinity, sexual repression, political inaction and addiction collide with sex critical narratives on photographic self-portraiture and the personal diary, will be published by Faber in March.

Lauren Foley is Irish/Australian writer from Fingal. She worked for many years as a university teacher in Ireland, Britain, and Australia. Lauren has Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) and is disabled, owing to this the majority of her writing is dictated.

Her short story, K-K-K, won the inaugural Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize with Overland Literary Journal and was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards Short Story of the Year (2016).

Fingal Independent