Previous writer-in-residence

Award-winning author Evelyn Conlon completed her residency in Monaco thanks to The Ireland Funds Monaco Bursary in September 2021. 

A parting gift from Evelyn was to read her story Up at the Library, which was inspired by her time at the Princess Grace Irish Library in March 2020 (before Covid cut short her residency). It was very fitting that over a year later she read in the beautiful room where she wrote it and created her characters, inspired by walks through Monaco, en route to and from the library.

After a hiatus of a year, we are delighted to announce the recipient of The Ireland Fund of Monaco spring 2023 bursary. Gráinne Hurley is a writer and researcher and a lecturer in the past - she will spend the month of March at the library working on her novel. 

Gráinne will give a lecture the first week of March (exact date TBC) around the subject of her work-in-progress, ‘Mary Lavin and The New Yorker', which explores writer Lavin’s relationship with the magazine. The subject of her 2015 PhD thesis, Gráinne has spent years mining the archives of Lavin's correspondence housed in libraries including University College Dublin (UCD) Special Collections and the New York Public Library. 

Lavin was born in America to Irish parents and at the age of 10 returned to live in Ireland, going on to become an accomplished and celebrated author and now regarded as a pioneer in the field of women's writing.

The Princess Grace Irish Library is delighted to welcome Gráinne from February 27th when she will take up this wonderful opportunity as writer-in-residence for a month. The library is extremely grateful for the support of The Ireland Funds Monaco. 

Date and details of lecture to follow soon! 

If you're a writer or academic interested in applying for a bursary click: The Ireland Funds Monaco Bursaries. Our most recent writer-in-residence (September 2021) was author Evelyn Conlon - winner of The Rubery Prize in 2022. Click HERE to view past recipients of the bursary.

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