Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde was recently announced as the new Mayo County Council writer in residence for 2012. Hailing from Gaoth Dobhair in Donegal, he has written two collections of short stories Idir Feoil is Leathar (2002 ) and Díbeartaigh (2005 ), both published by Coiscéim.
Recently he played the lead role in the feature film Silence, produced by Harvest Films and South Wind Blows, which he co-wrote with the director Pat Collins and Sharon Whooley. The film premiered at the Jameson International Film Festival in Dublin in February and Eoghan received the Michael Dwyer Discovery Award for his part in the film.
In 2008 Eoghan started a small multi-media company, Éabhlóid, and they publish books and produce television documentaries. Presently they are in post production with a documentary directed by Eoghan about the famous Donegal fiddler, John Doherty. The documentary, John Doherty - Ar Leirg na Gaoithe, will be broadcast by TG4 this autumn.
Eoghan is editing his second book for children and will be working with a number of writers’ groups and schools throughout the county during May, and will also facilitate a flash fiction workshop in Lough Lannagh Lodge on May 15 from 7.30pm to 10pm which is open to all writers in the county. This is a free event and all are welcome to come along.