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Visions of Ireland : Call for Submissions

Friday, 31 May 2019, 12 – 1am

Visions of Ireland : Call for Submissions

Visions of Ireland
The Making Ireland Postgraduate Committee is seeking submissions for a collection of short creative essays to be published later this year.

Across Trinity’s Schools, there are researchers working on projects connected to all aspects of Ireland’s potential futures; our literary future, our cultural future, the future of our education, the future of our languages, our medical future, our economic future, and our future understanding of our land, our people, and our history. The collection will be comprised of descriptions or stories of these potential futures. Researchers currently working on projects that they hope will impact Ireland’s future are invited to write a short essay set in or describing an Ireland of 10, 20, 50 years in the future, focusing on the outcome of current research and the impact it could have.

Contributors will be encouraged to practice creativity and reflection in their submissions. Submissions may take the form of an essay, a short story, an actual or fictionalised transcript of a discussion, a poem, or any other suitable piece of writing. Submissions must be under 1200 words and should include references (either within the text, as footnotes, or at the end), but otherwise, no restriction is placed on contributors’ writing. It can be as imaginative or as straightforward or as poetic or as playful as the author pleases!

Examples may include an interview with Irish school-leavers in 2022 about climate change policies, a newspaper article from 2035 on the use of the Irish language in Ireland, or a description of undergoing a gene-therapy cure in 2050 for a currently untreatable disease.

Support and guidance in fiction and creative non-fiction writing will be offered to contributors in the form of two workshops hosted by the Trinity Long Room Hub (TLRH). An introductory session will be held at 10 am on Tuesday the 12th of March, and a follow-up writing workshop with Dr Chris Pastore will be held at a date TBC (Galbraith Seminar Room, TLRH). You can still submit an essay if you don't attend either session. The final submission deadline is the 31st of May. Contributions from pairs or trios will be welcomed, particularly if cross-disciplinary. Research students (doctoral and masters, full- and part-time) are particularly encouraged to submit.

The resulting Visions of Ireland collection will be published, aimed at the broader academic community and wider public.

If you are interested in contributing to this collection, please submit an expression of interest here:
Expressions of Interest

This initiative is supported generously by the Trinity Long Room Hub and
Making Ireland Research Theme.

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Centre
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Research Theme: Creative Arts Practice, Identities in Transformation, Making Ireland
Event Type: Alumni, Arts and Culture, Lectures and Seminars, Library, Public, Special events
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free
Contact Emailoliverac@tcd.ie
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