Following an open call for applications in Autumn 2022, William Keohane was awarded a 4-week funded residency. Cove Park’s programme of funded residencies support research, the development of existing and new projects, collaboration, interdisciplinary practice, and the production of new work and ideas. All national and international artists, cultural practitioners, and researchers, working individually and collaboratively in all art forms, in the creative industries, and across disciplines, were eligible to apply. Cove Park’s residencies also support individuals at every stage in their careers.

William Keohane is a writer from Limerick. His essays have been published in British GQ, Banshee, The Stinging Fly, and The Tangerine. In 2021, he was longlisted for Canongate’s Nan Shepherd Prize for Nature Writing and was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions series. William is the current writer-in-residence at Ormston House. 

William says: “I am working on a collection of essays exploring grief and gender transition, told through the metaphor of water; each essay centres around a different sea, lake, and river location, some in Ireland, some further from home. Each body of water provides a source of memory, and each essay a reflection on the intersections between bodies, memory, and transition. I am looking forward to spending time in the beautiful environment of Cove Park, where I will be developing and editing drafts of the last water essays. From the collection, Cratloe Wood Lake is available to read online, and ‘Son’, an essay pamphlet about Lough Gur is published by The Lifeboat Press (April 2023).”

Image provided by the artist.