Winner of the $165,000 Windham-Campbell literary prize gives workshop to WIT students

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Lecturers in English at WIT, Margaret O’Brien, Dr. Fiona Ennis, Dr. Christa de Brún and Dr. Jenny O’Connor with Windham-Campbell prize winning author Danielle McLaughlin (centre).

Lecturers in English at WIT, Margaret O’Brien, Dr. Fiona Ennis, Dr. Christa de Brún and Dr. Jenny O’Connor with Windham-Campbell prize winning author Danielle McLaughlin (centre).

In February, Danielle McLaughlin, who was recently announced as a recipient of one of the most lucrative literary prizes in the world, delivered a seminar and creative writing workshop to students on the as part of English Day

Danielle McLaughlin, author of Dinosaurs on Other Planets and editor of last year’s Counterparts: A Synergy of Law and Literature, was recently announced as a recipient of one of the most lucrative literary prizes in the world, the Windham-Campbell prize from Yale University. In February, Danielle visited Waterford Institute of Technology to deliver a seminar and a creative writing workshop with English and Theatre Studies on the BA Arts programme as part of English Day at the Institute. 

Podcast guest

Danielle’s keen insights on writing captivated staff and students in the School of Humanities, and she also took part in the English at WIT podcast, The Nerve. The podcast series is run by staff and students of English and Theatre Studies and comes out every two weeks during the teaching semester. The episode featuring Danielle McLaughlin, and all others in the series, can be accessed on the Anchor platform at https://anchor.fm/the-nerve.

“We were thrilled to have Danielle as a special guest on our podcast,” said English lecturer and host of The Nerve, Dr. Jenny O’Connor. “She was incredibly gracious with our students and generous with her time, and we were delighted to hear of her much-deserving win.”

English Day

Each semester, lecturing staff at the Institute organise an English Day for staff and students, which has in the past included a poetry masterclass with award-winning poet Dr. John Ennis, creative writing workshops with Claire Keegan, the winner of the William Trevor Prize (among many others), a performance of the play Hughie with director Eric Hayes and cast visiting from America (as part of the Eugene O’Neill festival in New Ross) and most recently, writer Danielle McLaughlin, now winner of the Windham-Campbell award.

“Our English Days are very important to our teaching team and to our students,” noted English and Theatre Studies lecturer Dr. Kate McCarthy, “All of the authors and practitioners who have given of their time and energy have served to enrich the wonderful BA Arts programme we offer at WIT. We are of course also very grateful to our Head of Department Michael Bergin, and Head of School of Humanities Suzanne Denieffe for supporting all of our efforts in offering students of English and Theatre Studies such enriching and empowering experiences.”


Find out more about any of the subjects on the BA in Arts at WIT by visiting the WIT website or contacting the course leader Seamus Dillon ([email protected]). You can find out more about studying English and/or Theatre Studies by contacting Dr Kate McCarthy ([email protected]).

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