We are excited to introduce the six selected Irish Writers Centre Young Writer Delegates for this year's festival! Well done to James Hudson, Cassia Gaden Gilmartin, Ruth Ennis, Aoife Riach, Fiona Murphy McCormack and Sam Cox. These six young writers will be given festival passes to ten full days of full literary immersion at this May.
Born in Dublin, raised in France, then raised a bit more in Dublin, James Hudson is a speculative fiction writer exploring why we feel the way we feel about the human body. He is currently completing his MA in Creative Writing in UCD, and would like his dissertation to be a first step towards remedying the dearth of transgender fiction in Ireland.
Cassia Gaden Gilmartin is a recent graduate of Trinity's MPhil in Creative Writing, and now divides her writing time between short stories and a debut novel. A serial arts intern, she has worked for the Irish Writers Centre, Dublin Book Festival and GCN (Gay Community News). Her short fiction has been published by Banshee, Transnational Queer Underground, Eunoia Review and The Bookends Review.
Ruth Ennis is studying Children's Literature in Trinity College Dublin. She has written for Children's Books Ireland, The University Observer, The UCD Caveat Lector, The Dublin Book Festival and The Blue Nib. She aspires to be a children's author, and has a particular interest in poetry and short stories. She currently works as the Marketing and Publicity Officer for The O'Brien Press.
Aoife Riach is a feminist witch and aspiring chill person with a masters degree in Gender & Women's Studies. She has worked as a writer for BUST magazine in New York, and her poetry is upcoming in Nothing Substantial andNOT4U's zine Being is Believing. She is currently studying Sexuality and Sexual Health Education in DCU and is a finalist in the 2019 Inter-varsity Poetry Slam.
Fiona Murphy McCormack is 23 years old and from Poyntzpass, Co. Armagh. With an MA in Creative Writing from Queens University Belfast and a BA in English and Creative Writing from Glyndwr University. Fiona's fiction has previously been published in Electric Reads, Germ Magazine, Fearlessly, The Elephant Ladder and Crossways literary review.
Sam Cox is a long-form journalist and non-fiction writer. He has worked as Features Editor with Trinity News, as well as written for the Dublin InQuirer, TN2 Arts magazine and An Consantóir. His topics of interest have ranged from science communication, to experiences within the health system, to life on Irish islands. He studies psychology at Trinity College Dublin.