Poets' Chair

The Poets' Chair is a film archive of contemporary Irish poets writing in both English and Irish. The archive is an historical record of living Irish poets for future generations as well as an invaluable educational resource for secondary level students studying for the Leaving Certificate examinations, bringing poets and their work to life through film.

Poetry Ireland aims to continue to add to the list of poets featured in The Poets' Chair to make it a constant and living resource.

Eavan Boland
Moya Cannon
Louis de Paor
Brendan Kennelly
John Montague
Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin
Rosita Boland
Ciaran Carson
Seamus Heaney
Michael Longley
Sinéad Morrissey
Cathal Ó Searcaigh
Colm Breathnach
Gerald Dawe
Rita Ann Higgins
Máire Mhac an tSaoi
Paul Muldoon
Dennis O'Driscoll

Organisations Involved

Poetry Ireland

Poetry Ireland /Éigse Éireann is the national organisation dedicated to developing, supporting and promoting poetry throughout Ireland and internationally. We are a resource and information point for any member of the public with an interest in poetry and we work towards creating opportunities for poets working or living in Ireland. Poetry Ireland's main activities are: publications, readings, education and information & resource services.

The Poets' Chair was produced for Poetry Ireland and funded by the Carnegie United Kingdom Trust and the Verbal Arts Centre. The national poetry archive is a unique record of contemporary Irish poets and an invaluable learning resource for secondary level students in the Republic of Ireland who are preparing for the Leaving Certificate examinations. The Poets' Chair is available free of charge to secondary schools.

For further information contact:
T +353 1 678 9815
F +353 1 678 9782
E education@poetryireland.ie

The Carnegie UK Trust

Founded in 1913, the Carnegie United Kingdom Trust was established to support 'the people of Great Britain and Ireland, by such means as …the Trustees may, from time to time, select as best fitted from age to age for securing these purposes, remembering that new needs are constantly arising…"

The Trust has only one restriction, reflecting Andrew Carnegie's commitment to peace. Grants for research into the development of implements or munitions of war are prohibited, as is the use of funds, which could lend countenance to war or warlike preparations.

The Trust is one of 25 worldwide from the USA to Russia, that were either directly established by Andrew Carnegie or have grown up since. The Carnegie UK Trust has links with the network of sister trusts, one example being through co-organising the international Carnegie Medal for Philanthropy.

The Trust has a high reputation as a think tank and grant-giver in the United Kingdom and Ireland. In the past the Trust is probably best known for its work in building and supporting libraries.

The Trust has a commitment to supporting 'think tank' research and policy analysis leading to more strategic change at national level as well as providing grants for grass roots projects.

The Verbal Arts Centre

The Verbal Arts Centre is an educational charity founded in 1992. In 2000 the Centre moved from its premises to the beautifully refurbished First Derry School, a listed building which occupies a prime location on the city's walls.

The Centre's underpinning purpose is the promotion of the language arts, celebration of commonality and diversity, development of knowledge, understanding and excellence in creation, performance and critical practice across the verbal arts forms, together with research, publication and provision of information.

The Verbal Arts Centre develops and delivers a portfolio of verbal arts services for a range of client groups and stakeholders. These services are structured across three main areas:

  • Education
  • Youth and Community Development
  • Artform/Reading Development

The Centre's work is delivered throughout the North West region including Derry, Strabane, Limavady, Castlederg, Fermanagh and Donegal.

  • WIS Single Visit Application Form
  • Writers in Libraries Application Form
  • Writers in Residence Application Form
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