BEST EMERGING WRITER JUDGE
Aideen Howard is Director of The Ark Children’s Cultural Centre in Dublin. She has worked in theatre and the arts for over two decades as an artistic director, producer and commissioner of new work. Prior to The Ark, Aideen was Literary Director of the Abbey Theatre, founding Director of Mermaid Arts Centre and has worked as literary consultant to Arts Council projects. In 2014 she curated the poetry programme of the Mountains to Sea Festival. Aideen is editor of Irish Shorts: New Plays from The Abbey Theatre. She is a member of the National Campaign for the Arts.
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