Poetry Ireland and Cúirt International Festival of Literature are delighted to announce that the recipient of this year's Access Cúirt bursary is Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi.
A Lagos-born, Dublin-raised poet who aims to promote women’s rights and dignities, positive mental health, and the importance of creative expression, Chiamaka will spend the week at Cúirt becoming fully immersed in the festival's vibrant poetry programme through a variety of workshops and events.
Chiamaka says, 'I am looking forward to getting immersed in the festival experience, and having direct access to the range of ideas from culturally diverse writers and creators presenting at the festival. The international scope of the festival is a high point of excitement for me, showing that diversity is recognized and supported in the Irish literary industry. I am most excited to connect with the works of distinguished author Ben Okri, and critically acclaimed writer Melatu Oche Okiri; as well as those of the essayists Sinead Gleeson, Emile Pine, and skilled spoken-word performers Patricia Smith and Rafeef Ziadah. This opportunity is truly meaningful to me as it’s given me crucial resources to dedicate to improving my written and performance skills. The experience will imbue me with energy to continually flourish and give testimony, through poetry, to the complexities of living.'
Follow Chiamaka's adventures at Cúirt on Instagram here.