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Ronan Kelly

Module Leader (Craft of the Writer)

Ronan was born in Cork, Ireland and read for a BA in Literature and Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin. He returned to formal study a decade later, in the form of an (online) MA programme in Children’s and YA Literature with Roehampton. He is in the process of completing a PhD in literature & Creative Practice at The University of Winchester. 

Ronan specialises in prose and has varied experience as an arts journalist, editor, researcher and writer of fiction. He has lived and worked in Spain, Vietnam, China, and (currently) the UK and he explores dynamics of place, relationships, culture in his short stories. Cultural intersections and encounter are central to his latest, longer project - a novel featuring representations of outsider figures and liminal experiences and informed by research into contemporary Chinese literature in translation. 

Ronan's career highlights

  • Researcher and tour guide with The National Library of Ireland for their acclaimed James Joyce and Ulysses Bloomsday Centenary Exhibition in 2004. 
  • Shortlisted for the Fish International Short Story Prize 2013 and his work has appeared in eminent Irish literary journal Crannóg. 
  • Recognised as a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2019. 

Try to enjoy, to even love the process - of engaging with perspectives on writing, interrogating myths, adopting new habits and routines, honing and refining your work – if you can become immersed in the process the outcomes will take care of themselves.

Ronan Kelly, Module Leader (Craft of the Writer)

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