Opportunity: Poetry Ireland Poet in Residence

10th July 2019

In September 2016, Poetry Ireland moved into its beautiful new home in Dublin's Parnell Square. The organization is now introducing an ambitious neighbourhood project which will engage with the many communities who call this fascinating area of the city home. As part of this exciting new initiative, we wish to appoint a poet in residence for a two-year period. This part-time role will involve extensive work with a number of diverse communities within the north inner city. These groups will include the SAOL project for women and the Pathways Centre for former prisoners, as well as schools, libraries, youth and adult groups to be confirmed.  This new role is funded by the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Fund of the Sidney E Frank Foundation with additional support from the Social Innovation Growth Fund Ireland. 

The residency will include input from other writers and artists, with time allowed for the poet to engage in their own creative work. The selected candidate will have a dedicated space within Parnell Square.  The role involves a commitment of 10 hours per week which will include three hours public engagement from the poet in residence, four hours input from associate writers and artists, and three hours dedicated to the poet’s own creative work. It is important to note that flexibility will be required around contact hours, particularly with schools and families.                                                                      

The poet’s programme of activities will include:

  • Poetry workshops for school groups
  • Masterclasses for school groups
  • Storytelling and Reader in Residence Sessions for families and/or school groups
  • Establishment of a Grandparent and Toddler Group
  • Poetry workshops for adults
  • Performance workshops
  • Masterclasses for adults
  • Structured one-to-one mentoring sessions for individuals
  • A number of public readings
  • Public reading events for some of those who participate in masterclasses
  • Development of the poet’s own work, drawing inspiration from the north inner city. This may include some commissions for Poetry Day, Culture Night etc.

Applicants are invited to submit:

  • A curriculum vitae (maximum 3 pages)
  • Examples of previous artistic work, with specific reference to work in the community
  • A proposal outlining artistic ideas and approaches (maximum two pages); this should include an outline of the benefits of the residency to her/his stage of development as a writer, and ideas in relation to public engagement during the residency with detailed suggestions for workshops and public/community engagement
  • The names and contact details of two referees

Candidates invited for interview will be asked to make a brief presentation on their proposed programme. 

Selection criteria

  • Suitability of the proposal to the brief
  • Significant experience of working in a broad range of educational settings
  • Prior experience delivering creative writing workshops
  • Administrative skills and project/budget management
  • Quality of published work
  • Flexibility around timetabling
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a capacity to work with a diverse range of groups
  • The selected candidate will be required to undergo garda vetting and will engage with Poetry Ireland’s child safeguarding procedures

Evaluation

Clear goals and objectives will be agreed in advance between the poet and the education team, including an agreed programme of work, a timetable (which may be subject to change), and an overall theme for the residency, if appropriate. Strategies for ongoing monitoring, review and evaluation will also be planned and agreed in advance with the poet in residence and with other contributing writers and artists.  All necessary permissions with school managements and Garda Vetting will be in place before any work is undertaken with children and young people, particularly in the case of visiting /contributing writers.

Timelines and fee

Interviews are likely to take place during the week of August 26th, with the successful candidate commencing in September. A fee of €15,000 per annum plus expenses will be offered. A three-month probation period will apply. Please submit your application to director@poetryireland.ie before 5pm on Friday August 16th.

About Poetry Ireland

Poetry Ireland is a dynamic and progressive not-for-profit organisation that aims to connect people with poetry, and in doing so, create opportunities for poets, and enjoyable experiences for audiences. Since its establishment in 1978, it has championed Irish poetry and poets at home and abroad. Poetry Ireland is one of just seven organisations selected by the Arts Council for multi-annual funding. It is also funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. 

In September 2016, Poetry Ireland moved into its beautiful new home in Dublin's Parnell Square. With their partners, the Irish Heritage Trust, the team is now embarked on ambitious and innovative plans to redevelop this expansive Georgian townhouse as an all-island institution dedicated to poetry in all its forms. The new development will house the Seamus Heaney Working Poetry Library, elegant performance and workshop spaces and a poetry café and garden.

Poetry Ireland values creative and collaborative partnerships, and the organisation enjoys wide public and media reach for its extensive programme of activities. Its continued success is achieved through the efforts of a dedicated and motivated staff who have developed a creative and positive working environment. The organisation is governed by an experienced, dynamic and committed board of directors. 

Poetry Ireland recently published its first Inclusion and Diversity Strategy, and held workshops, debates, events and seminars for people and poets belonging to underrepresented or misrepresented groups. It aims to develop policy and practices in the wider arts community that will create a more inclusive environment for emerging poets and poetry audiences.

Based in a supportive and flexible environment, this part-time role will provide the successful applicant with a multitude of opportunities to introduce Poetry Ireland to new audiences.