Young Writer Delegates Showcase

In partnership with the Irish Writers Centre

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Thursday 13 July 2023

5:00 pm

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At this showcase, our four selected Irish Writers Centre/West Cork Young Writer Delegates Rehan Ali, Maitiú Charleton, Thomas O’Donovan, and Ashlin O’Sullivan will share some of the creative work developed during the festival with their writer-mentor Maeve Higgins.

Admission: Free

This is the third year that the Irish Writers Centre (IWC) Young Writer Delegates Programme  has partnered with West Cork Literary Festival. During the festival period, four selected writers between the ages of 18 and 26 will be welcomed to the programme by the Irish Writers Centre. The writers will attend a variety of events at West Cork, reflect on their experiences and soak up the festival atmosphere. The Young Writer Delegates’s writer-mentor, will lead the writers in a series of workshops as well as provide guidance in succeeding in and enjoying life as a writer. This year’s mentor is Maeve Higgins.


In keeping with the Irish Writers Centre’s 2022-2026 Strategy, the Young Writer Delegates Programme seeks to create new opportunities, grant access and develop networks that connect writers to each other. This programme directly correlates with the objectives of Strategy Goal 2, which is to enhance opportunities for people across all communities to explore and participate in creative writing, as well as Goal 3, which is to cultivate an engaged community of writers and strategic alliances that support our ambitions.



Rehan Ali

Rehan Ali graduated with a BSc in Neuroscience in 2021 and an MSc in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology in 2023 from University College Cork. He is a writer and filmmaker...

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Maitiú Charleton

Maitiú Charleton is a writer from Dublin. Maitiú is the co-editor of Dublin-based digi literary journal Cc: Zine @thecczine. His work is published in Bullshit Lit, Púca, JAKE, The Madrigal...

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Thomas O'Donovan

Thomas O’Donovan is a musician and writer from Castletownbere, County Cork. He is enduring his Leaving Certificate this June and hopes to study Popular Music at CSM afterwards. To euthanize...

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Ashlin O’Sullivan

Ashlin O’Sullivan is a recent University College Cork graduate and aspiring writer with a current focus on speculative fiction. She aims to learn all she can about the craft of...

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Maeve Higgins

Maeve Higgins is a writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker and The Irish Examiner.  Originally from Cobh, she is an NPR favourite, and hosts a live comedy...

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