Projects & Collaborations

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Sun Born

Image | Sonya Gildea

Unfinished Topographies (2021)

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Image | Sonya Gildea

DLR Emerging Writer-in-Residence

Sonya Gildea & Joanne Hayden have been appointed DLR Emerging Writers-in-Residence 2023-2024, based in the residency office at The LexIcon, Dun Laoghaire, overlooking Dublin Bay.

As part of her Residency, Sonya is running a programme of writer’s workshops — “Both Ways is The Only Way I Want It” (a title borrowed from the Maile Meloy collection of the same name): Reading & Writing the Short Story. An in-person, generative, writer’s workshop that includes close reading and in-depth discussion of selected short story texts. Some by leading exponents of the form, and others by leading disrupters of the form. And occasionally, a once off story by a writer of wonder.

For example, Ben Lerner, Wendy Erskine, Sam Shepard, David Means, Toni Morrison, Lucy Caldwell, Peter Orner, Alice Munroe, Thomas Morris, Grace Paley, Donald Barthelme, Gina Berriault, Tove Jansson.

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Sonya is also holding weekly, Writer’s Office Hours at the LexIcon, meeting and talking with writers across all genres and disciplines and at all stages of their writing.

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Sonya & Joanne are collaborating on a number of writer’s gatherings and a programme of events over the course of their residency.

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Image | Sonya Gildea

Where Light Travels, Catherine

The Common Magazine, 2021

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7 A.M. New Year’s Morning by László Moholy-Nagy” – taken from Sonya’s essay, Quartet was used as the cover art and photography for Tolka Issue # 4 (2022) by editors Liam Harrison, Catherine Hearn & Sean Hayes, and designed by Sarah McCoy.

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Lengthening the Bright (84cm x 80cm)

By visual artist, Sorca O’Farrell has been selected for the RHA Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition (2023) at the RHA Gallery, Dublin.

The title of Sorca’s piece is taken from Sonya’s poem II from The Nine River Beats of Owenea. https://rhagallery.ie/events/exhibitions/193rd-rha-annual-exhibition/

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The National Women’s Council of Ireland

Shared Sonya’s poem, The Windhover across their social media platforms for Poetry Day Ireland 2023.

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