Katie McDermott

Ross Kelly


Meath County Council Arts Office is delighted to announce that two local writers have been selected by Words Ireland to receive professional literary mentoring.


Ross Kelly and Katie McDermott will both receive professional mentoring over the next eight months from an acclaimed Irish writer of their choosing. These young literary talents were two of forty selected applicants from a total of 339 national submissions and represent not only the quality of young writers in the county but also an investment in the long-term literary reputation of the region.



Ross Kelly studies English with Creative Writing in UCD his writing focuses on young adult fiction and stories with a strong character voice. Katie McDermott is a writer and English teacher with a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from Trinity College. Her stories have been published in ‘Banshee’, ‘Autonomy’ and ‘Literary Orphans’. She is currently pursuing publication for her first novel, Micronation.


Meath County Council Arts Office funded the literary mentorship along with the Arts Council of Ireland to guarantee the best applicants from the region would be selected. This support will also ensure the chosen mentees receive this potentially life-changing support free of charge.


The mentoring process involves a series of meetings between the selected mentee and their chosen professional writer. The mentor reads the awardees’ writing in advance and shares critical feedback and advice. This form of peer-to-peer teaching is increasingly popular in literature and formalises the process of master/student exchange. The hope is that the chosen mentees will progress to write works of literature that surpass the quality of their mentors’ work.