Sunday 21 January 2018

Writer Imelda picked for top playwriting festival in Offaly

By Esther Hayden

Imelda Carroll.
Imelda Carroll.

Wexford writer Imelda Carroll has been selected for this year's SCRIPTS Ireland's Playwriting Festival.

Taking place across Birr, Co Offaly from Sunday, July 3 until Saturday July 9, a record number of almost 90 submissions were received this year.

Imelda, a Wexford Town native, is one of three playwrights from across the country who will travel to Birr for a week of mentoring with top playwright Eugene O'Brien. The plays will then be performed as rehearsed readings with professional actors at the SCRIPTS headline event at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre on Saturday July 9.

Imelda works in the Library Services section of Wexford County Council and has been writing for many years, concentrating mainly on plays and short stories.

Her short story 'The Elephant in the Room' was short listed for The William Trevor Short Story Competition in 2008. Her short story Lucky Murphy was published in the Echo Christmas supplement and her short story 'Frost' came second in the WexWorlds Fantasy Festival short story competition in 2015.

SCRIPTS Festival Director, Angela Ryan Whyte said: 'This year's entries displayed a huge variety in theme and what also came to the fore was the highest ever number of female playwrights entering. It seems the theme 'Changes' prompted just that! We felt this was indicative of an emerging trend in Ireland & it prompted us to programme a public discussion on the #Waking The Feminists movement; interest in this has been massive so early booking is advised.'

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