Dublin poets get bursaries to help develop their careers

by Rachel Cunningham
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Last week, Poetry Ireland announced the 24 recipients of the Poetry Town Bursary scheme, which marks the legacy of the all-island poetry initiative, and carries forward the enthusiasm generated during the nine-day festival in September, writes Rachel Cunningham.  

Seven poets from Dublin will be awarded bursaries, including Diarmuid Cawley, Damien Donnelly, Deirdre Dunne, Dave Lordan & Karl Parkinson in a joint award, Rafael Mendes and Emmet O’Brien.

Poetry Ireland put a call out during October for submissions from poets all over the island of Ireland, with three categories for new poets, experienced poets and spoken word). Each bursary was worth €300-500, depending on the level of support requested by the applicant.  

The bursaries are designed to be used by the awardees for opportunities to develop their poetry by taking a writing course, attending a writing residency, paying for mentoring or critical assessment, paying a filmmaker to create a film of poetry work or by simply taking time off work to devote to writing.  


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