Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Opportunities for Poets and the Practical Side of Being a Poet – from Poetry Ireland

Opportunities for Poets:
– Cúirt Bursary; Tyrone Guthrie Centre Bursary and Mind your own Business!, a seminar on the practical side of being a poet –


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Poets in all stages of their careers can take advantage of opportunities presented by Poetry Ireland in March and April.

Poetry Ireland and Cúirt International Festival of Literature (23-30 April 2017) are delighted to offer an emerging younger poet the opportunity to visit the festival and to immerse themselves in the poetry programme. The Poetry Ireland and Cúirt Bursary includes tickets to all events and workshops, accommodation for 5 nights, travel costs to Galway and a per diem. Applications are invited from those aged 35 or under, who are based on the island of Ireland. The deadline is 31 March. More details can be found at the websites of Poetry Ireland or Cúirt International Festival of Literature.

Poetry Ireland and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig are offering two fully resourced Poet-in-Residence Bursaries (one week in duration) in 2017. This bursary is specifically designed to appeal to mid-career poets. While many schemes exist to support emerging writers, our intention is to focus on poets who have achieved a level of distinction in their field and who need time away from other demands, to focus on writing poems. Details on how to apply can be found at Poetry Ireland.
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On Poetry Day Ireland (27 April 2017, 1-5.30pm), Poetry Ireland and Words Ireland are delighted to present Mind your own Business! - an afternoon focusing on the practical side of being a poet. 

Mind your own Business! will feature a masterclass on the process of publishing poetry with Don Paterson, the award-winning Scottish poet and poetry editor for Picador. Paul Perry, poet, author and artistic director of the Ennis Bookclub Festival, will lead a session on writing applications for grants, and poet, Jane Clarke and Poetry Ireland's Communications Manager, Muireann Sheahan, will present a session on marketing and self-promotion for poets. Participants will also have an opportunity to take part in Alexander Technique for Poets with Tomás Hardiman. Tickets to this event are free – thanks to the support of Words Ireland – but must be booked in advance at Poetry Ireland.

For more details on all of Poetry Ireland’s opportunities for poets, see their website or follow on:



Poetry Ireland gratefully acknowledges the support of its principal funders, The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and The Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

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