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Opportunities for poets from Poetry Ireland: Cúirt Bursary; Tyrone Guthrie Centre Bursary and Mind your own Business! – a seminar on the practical side of being a poet.


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, and more details can be found at www.poetryireland.ie or www.cuirt.ie. 

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. See www.poetryireland.ie for details on how to apply.  

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 Patersonthe award-winning Scottish poet and poetry editor for PicadorPaul 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, MuireannSheahan, 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 TomásHardiman. Tickets to this event are free, thanks to the support of Words Ireland, but must be booked in advance at www.poetryireland.ie 

For more details on all of Poetry Ireland’s opportunities for poets, see www.poetryireland.ie.

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