Covid-19 – Resources and Information for Writers

24th March 2020

This current period of social distancing and self isolation is having a significant impact on the way that we live and work. Many writers, artists and those working in the arts have found that their regular and not so regular sources of income have been disrupted and they are in need of information and support during this period of uncertainty.  

Poetry Ireland staff are available if you have a query. We are all working remotely during this period as our office is closed as a precautionary measure for health and safety reasons. Please email your query to the relevant staff member or to and we’ll be happy to help.

Keep an eye on our social media (Twitter, Instagram and Facebook) for updates and for ways to connect through poetry e.g. poetry prompts for adults and children, poem of the day and more.

See below for resources and sources of information for writers:

Government websites

Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment
Available to all employees and the self-employed who’ve lost employment due to a downturn in economic activity caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Paid at a flat rate of €203 per week for six weeks. 

Department of Health Covid-19 updates

Arts Council of Ireland
The Arts Council is offering a series of measures to help artists and arts organisations manage their businesses during the period of the COVID-19 crisis. It has also said it will honour all existing funding commitments, and allow grantees to draw down 90 per cent of their funding to allow them to fulfil in turn their own business commitments, especially to artists. 

Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Relief funds for artists 

Arts Emergency Relief Fund - Civic Theatre
The Civic Theatre in Dublin has set up a fund to provide financial relief to Irish artists experiencing lost income due to Covid-19. 

Bread and Butter Fund Coronavirus NI Artists Fund
This is a fund for Northern Ireland Arts practitioners affected by the Corona Virus Pandemic.  Bread and Butter refers to short gigs; the corporate videos, the voice overs, the events etc that keep food on the table and are being cancelled due to current crisis. 

Poetry Ireland resources 

Poetry education resources that can be used by teachers and parents

Opportunities for writers

Getting published guide 

Media links 

Irish Examiner – How Irish arts is coping with Covid-19 

Irish Times – opinion piece on how the arts world is being affected by Covid-19 and how it is helping to bring people together online