Writer Nathan O’Donnell’s project, The Mill, will engage with a group of young people in Clondalkin to produce a magazine, derived from a history of radical publishing. 

The project departs from a specific local history: that of the Clondalkin Paper Mills Action Group, which led a series of major strikes and occupations in 1982-3.

Nathan O'Donnell is a writer of fiction and criticism, and co-editor of the journal of contemporary art criticism Paper Visual Art. He has published in The Dublin Review, New Irish Writing, The Manchester Review, gorse journal, The Irish Times, Apollo, this is tomorrow, and Architecture Ireland, amongst others. In 2015 he was nominated for a Hennessy Award and he has been awarded bursaries from the Arts Council of Ireland and Dublin City Council.

He has designed several creative writing and magazine-publishing projects for young people, including Inverse, a project for LGBT young people, and Making Manifestos, at the DLR Lexicon and the National Print Museum in 2016. He is editing the reissue of the radical avant-garde magazine, BLAST, for Oxford University Press, and he has written and presented widely on magazine histories. He teaches at the National College of Art and Design and Trinity College Dublin and his first book is forthcoming from Liverpool University Press.

Image: Clondalkin Paper Mills Collection, South Dublin County Libraries