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Cill Rialaig Residency 2021 Awardees

Congratulations to Hillary McCollum, one of our AHSS PGR Students, who is one of the seven awardees of the Cill Rialaig Residencies 2021

Many applications were submitted for Cill Rialaig Residencies 2021 which were reviewed and finalists selected by judges David Butler and Éilís Ní Dhuibhne.

Hilary is a writer of fiction, non-fiction and drama. Her writing puts women’s lives and experiences centre stage, often focusing on female agency and women’s resistance to abuse and oppression. Her first novel, Golddigger, spans the Great Famine and the California gold rush. It won the Golden Crown Literary Society prize for historical fiction in 2016. Funny Peculiar, her memoir of child abuse against the backdrop of Northern Ireland’s Troubles, was published in 2008 under the name Constance McCullagh. In 2014, her play, Life and Love: Lesbian Style, was shortlisted for the best new writing award at the Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival. She has written three other plays focusing on the lives and experiences of LGBT people. She is currently completing an AHRC funded PhD in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre. Hilary is chair of Women Aloud NI, which represents women writers in/from Northern Ireland.


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