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Raising Voices fellowship to support underrepresented voices in children and young adults’ literature

The Raising Voices fellowship is inviting aspiring writers and illustrators who create work for children and young adults to apply for their new fully-funded programme. 

The fellowship will start in February 2022 and will run until November 2022. The deadline for applicants is January 6 next year at 3pm.

Children’s Books Ireland, Illustrators Ireland, Publishing Ireland, the Dublin Book Festival, and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig are among the organisations leading the fellowship. 

Raising Voices strives to break down barriers to publishing and advancement, as well as enhance diversity and representation in Irish writing for people whose voices have been underrepresented.

Six people will be selected by a panel of members from the five organisations, as well as three external readers. As writers may face financial barriers, the initiative is fully funded by the Arts Council, therefore all mentoring and support received will be provided at no cost.

Speaking of the fellowship, CEO of Children’s Books Ireland, Elaina Ryan, said: “The recent Diversity and Inclusion Survey published by Words Ireland indicates that there is still a long way to go in ensuring equality of access and progression for underrepresented groups in the Irish literature sector. Children’s literature is, unfortunately, no exception.”

The project aims to identify and provide support to authors and illustrators in Ireland whose work has not yet reached audiences. 

Ms. Ryan added, “Raising Voices is our chance to identify and provide support to some of these artists, to learn more about the barriers that must be broken down, and to connect them with networks that will help them flourish.”

The fellowship is open to participants who self-identify as underrepresented. For more information on applications and entry requirements, visit their website here.

Application forms in both English and Gaeilge can be found via the following links:

https://www.cognitoforms.com/ChildrensBooksIreland1/RaisingVoicesApplicationForm

https://www.cognitoforms.com/ChildrensBooksIreland1/FoirmIarrataisRaisingVoices

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