The position to hold the first Chair in Creative Writing in memory of Frank McCourt has been advertised – beginning with a salary in excess of €100,000,
Plans to create this unique post at the University of Limerick in honour of Limerick’s Pulitzer Prize winning author had been announced over two years ago, with the requirement that up to €800,000 would have be to raised in Ireland and the US to fund the chair. The fixed five-year term carries an annual salary, ranging from €106,516 – €136,276, and the closing date for receipt of applications is Monday, September 30.
Professor Tom Lodge, dean of the faculty of the faculty of arts, humanities & social sciences, said the successful candidate for this “pioneering role” will be teaching creative writing to undergraduate and postgraduate students, while also working on their own personal projects, and will also be expected to “foster linkages” between the artistic and cultural community in the city and the university.
“We are not looking to simply sponsor a writer in residence. It will certainly be an attractive proposition for many writers rarely make enough money out of their writing to constitute a livelihood,” he told the Limerick Leader.
Prof Lodge said they have already had a number of enquiries from established writers in Ireland, and he would be disappointed if it did not attract a well-known writer, “given that Ireland has its fair share of writers.”