We are delighted to announce that the 2018 Writer-in-Residence is Philip St John.

Philip St John is a writer of fiction and drama. His first play Maxine (2011), won the International Playwright Forum Award, and was performed in the Philippines. The Sylvia (2013) was the centerpiece of Collaborations at Smock Alley, Dublin and is currently touring Italy in translation. During its run in Theatre Upstairs, On City Water Hill (2014) was critically lauded, as was Temptress (2015) during its run at Mermaid, Bray and The New Theatre. His most recent drama The Restoration of Hope (2017) was commissioned by Mermaid and ran there and at The New Theatre for four weeks.

Philip’s short stories have appeared in New Irish Writing, The Best of The Bristol Short Story Competition Anthology, Sixteen After Ten, and elsewhere. His fiction has twice been awarded literature bursaries from the Arts Council of Ireland.

Philip has been writer in residence at Mermaid and The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahealy, and has run numerous workshops on writing fiction and drama.