Recipients of the Mid Career Bursary

23rd July 2019

Congratulations to Mary Montague, Rachael Hegarty and Dolores Stewart, the successful applicants of the Mid Career Bursary offered by Poetry Ireland and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre. We acknowledge the volume of especially high quality applications received this year and look forward to extending this award further into the poetry community in future years. 

Mary Montague is a biologist by background, with a Masters in Animal Behaviour, and a PhD in ornithology. She lives in Belfast. Her collections are: Black Wolf on a White Plain (Summer Palace, 2001); and Tribe (Dedalus, 2008). She is also published widely in poetry journals and anthologies, and she contributes to The Guardian’s Country Diary. More details can be found at: Mary will use her residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre to work on her next collection, which is inspired by extinct and contemporary birds. 

Rachael Hegarty is a Dubliner. She is the 7th child of a 7th child. She was educated by Holy Faith nuns in Finglas, the U. Mass. Bostonians, the Trinity M. Phillers and the PhD magicians at Queens University Belfast. Her poetry is widely published and broadcast. Her kids say she uses the 3 F-words too much: Finglas, feminism and feckin’ poetry. Her debut collection, Flight Paths Over Finglas won the Shine Strong Award in 2018. Her second collection, May Day 1974, has received critical acclaim for the unique representation of 33 docu-sonnets and 33 ballads for the people who died on the single worst day the Troubles. Her next collection, Dancing on the Dementia Ward explores the adverse, and sometimes bizarrely liberating, effects of dementia on an individual and a family.

Dolores Stewart writes poetry in Irish and in English – her English collections In Out of the Rain and Presence of Mind have been published by the Dedalus Press: Irish collections Sé Sin le Rá and An Cosân Dearg - published by Coiscéim. Anthologies, in which her work appears, include Reading the Future The Hodges Figgis anthology and Yeats Reborn (Peeters, Leuven). She is also the author of the Irish language phrasebook/thesaurus Ó Fhocal go Focal: Ceárta na Filíochta (Coiscéim, 2012).