Each year the Arts Council of Northern Ireland appoints twelve artists of merit to its prestigious ‘Artists Career Enhancement Scheme’ (ACES). This award grants a bursary to each individual, as well as pairing them with a professional organisation to deliver a new creative work.
Six of our finest writers have received an ACES award, and PRONI was delighted to host all six for a special night of readings to celebrate their work. Ranging from children’s fiction to fantasy; poetry to screenplay, the sheer scale and range of talent on show will make this a highly varied and entertaining event for all.
A native of Rostrevor, Pauline was inspired to write by the beauty of the Mourne Mountains from an early age. She is a writer of children’s and adult fiction and her recent work draws on the themes of rural life and equestrian pursuits.
Jan is a writer and community arts development officer for the Ulster Hall. Based in Belfast, Jan has published short stories and has had two short plays produced for stage. Her first novel, Malcolm Orange Disappears, is due for publication in Spring 2014.
Belfast-based Ken is author of The Polaris Whisper, part of a fantasy trilogy currently in production. Ken’s second novel, Shahryar’s Heir: A Prince among Thieves, is soon to be presented to publishers and he is currently working on a modern day-thriller.
Luton-born Mark is an award-winning poet of the Strong Prize for the best collection in Ireland for The Lost Museums (Lagan). He is using the ACES award to work on poetry inspired by the life of mathematical logician Kurt Godel.
Nathaniel Joseph McAuley
Nathaniel is a Belfast-based poet and creative writing teacher, with strong trans-Atlantic links. Past work includes The Dyer’s Notes on Indigo and Other Poems and he will use the ACES Award for his next collection, The Orchard Man.
Journalist and writer Anthony is a celebrated short story author, having twice held a place on the short list for the Hennessy/New Irish Writing Award. His novel, Disappeared, drew high praise and his next, Blood-Dimmed Tide, is the first of a trilogy set in Ireland during the First World War and the Irish War of Independence.