Mid Career Bursary offered by Poetry Ireland in association with the Tyrone Guthrie Centre

2nd March 2017

​Poetry Ireland and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig are delighted to jointly offer 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.  From a very strong field of applicants, Billy Ramsell and Maria McManus were selected last year and here is what they had to say about their time at the Centre: 

"Annaghmakerrig:  what a concept. Surely there’s nowhere else that combines with such exquisite balance the sheer delight of being left alone, of being given the space to work and dream, and the vibrant camaraderie that comes from being surrounded by fellow practitioners. This wasn’t my first trip to the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, but travelling there via this prestigious and necessary bursary made both the solitude and solidarity all the sweeter."  Billy Ramsell  

"This is an award and an experience that has a 'long tail' in terms of its gift. I got the head-space I needed to read copiously, clarity on some elements of the project I was working on, and I wrote new poems. Everything else was taken care of there, and I was able to fully show up to my work with no other distractions. " - Maria McManus  

Who can apply 

This is an open call to poets resident in Ireland who have at least two collections of poems published by a recognised publisher.  

How to apply: 

Applications are accepted by email only to  director@poetryireland.ie    

Please include: 

1.        A cover letter including your personal details and statement of artistic intent, clearly and concisely outlining the writing project you wish to focus on during your time at Annaghmakerrig. 

2.       An updated Curriculum Vitae (max. two A4 pages)  

Application deadline:  

Friday 30 March, 5pm.  No late applications will be considered. Applications will be acknowledged by email on receipt.   

Selection process:  

Applications will go before a selection panel comprised of representatives of Poetry Ireland and a nominee of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre.  The successful applicant will be notified by the end of April.