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Monday, 6th July 2020

Nicola Cassidy is Meath’s Writer in Residence for 2020

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Pictured at the announcement of Nicola Cassidy as Meath’s Writer n Residence for 2020 are (from left) Cathaoirleach Cllr. David Gilroy, Writer in Residence Nicola Cassidy, Chief Executive Jackie Maguire, Maedhbh Rogan-McGann, Senior Executive Librarian and Barry Lynch, Director of Services.

Meath County Council has appointed local author Nicola Cassidy  as their Writer in Residence for 2020. The residency runs from June-December and will be managed by Meath County Council Library Service.

Nicola writes historical fiction and has published three novels. She is also a script writer, blogger and spoken word poet.

Her first novel December Girl, set in Meath’s Boyne Valley was published in 2017 by Bombshell Books. Her second novel, The Nanny at Number 43, published by Poolbeg Press, was set in Drogheda and featured scenery and characters from Meath.

Her third novel, Adele, is a bio-fictional account of stage star Adele Astaire.  Her forthcoming fourth novel is due for publication in November.

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Nicola will focus on researching and writing her fourth novel over the summer months.  She has also been granted a week’s residential stay in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre as part of the residency. 

In the autumn, she will be working with book clubs, schools and emerging writers.  She will also host a series of workshops on blogging, podcasting and YouTubing.

The Writer in Residence programme has been welcomed by the Cathaoirleach of Meath County Council, Cllr. David Gilroy who is “delighted that Ms Cassidy will be hosting a range of online and virtual events during her residency.”

The Chief Executive of Meath County Council, Jackie Maguire, believes this is “an excellent opportunity for adults and children to work with an experienced writer and blogger.  This project is a key element of the five-year Creative Ireland Culture and Creativity strategy for the county.”

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