Young Writer Delegates Showcase

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Friday 15 July 2022

2:30 pm

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Now in its fifth year, the Irish Writers Centre Young Writer Delegate Programme has partnered with WCLF for the second time – and for the first time in person. Our four IWC/WCLF Young Writer Delegates, Mark Jackson, Darcey Dugan, Em Egan Reeve, and Caitlin Young will spend the week at WCLF and in this showcase they will share some of the creative work developed during the festival with their mentor, Danielle McLaughlin.

Admission: Free

The Irish Writers Centre Young Writer Delegates programme is open to writers aged 18-26 living anywhere on the island of Ireland with strong interest in writing, reading and an ambition to connect with and contribute to the Irish literary scene. There were so many incredible applications and we are delighted to be welcoming Mark Jackson, Darcey Dugan, Em Egan Reeve and Caitlin Young to this year’s West Cork Literary Festival.


IWC Young Writer Delegates Programme is intended to give young writers an opportunity to immerse themselves in a literature festival, soak up the atmosphere and to contribute to it as active participants. The YWDs get a behind-the-scenes look at the literary arts scene and engage in writing activities leading up to, during and after the festival, to develop their own writing skills. During the festival period, they are supported by an IWC facilitator and a local writer mentor to reflect on the festival and share their views via the festival and the IWC’s social media platforms.


Irish Writers Centre

In 2022, the Irish Writers Centre launched a new 5 year strategy.

For over 30 years as the leading support and development organisation for writers, the Irish Writers Centre has acknowledged and uplifted those with the courage and compulsion to write by providing opportunities for them to develop their skill, advance their ambitions and join a vibrant and diverse community of people who share their passion and purpose. We carry out our work, online and in person, on an all island basis. Our just-launched strategy outlines a commitment to diversity and sustainability across our activities and its ambition is to connect writers of all types and talents across the island.



Mark Jackson

Mark Jackson is a final year creative writing student at University College Dublin. During his time at UCD, he has written for both The University Observer and The College Tribune....

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Darcey Dugan

Darcey Dugan is a poet from Northern Ireland who enjoys exploring themes of place, displacement, comfort and discomfort. Her poems have most recently been published or are forthcoming in The...

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Em Egan Reeve

Em Egan Reeve is a writer based in West Cork. Em writes about a wide range of topics, but at the minute is focusing on fiction and poetry that make...

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Caitlin Young

Caitlin Young is a writer and editor living in Belfast. Her poetry, fiction and non-fiction has been published in Sonder Lit, The Honest Ulsterman, Impossible Archetypes, Catatonic Daughters, Thanks Hun...

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Danielle McLaughlin

Danielle McLaughlin is the author of the short story collection Dinosaurs on Other Planets. In 2019, she was a Windham-Campbell Prize recipient, and won the Sunday Times Audible Short Story...

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