Varuna, Tyrone Guthrie, and Poetry Ireland International Exchange Recipient Announced

30th June 2022

Poetry Ireland, Varuna and Tyrone Guthrie Centre are pleased to announce that the recipient of the bursary to take part in a four-week residency at Varuna Writer’s House in Australia this autumn is Catherine Phil MacCarthy. This exchange was made possible by the generous support and work of Varuna and Tyrone Guthrie towards creating accessible residency opportunities for both Australian and Irish writers. Poetry Ireland is delighted to partner on this initiative.

Varuna is Australia’s largest national residency for writers, hosting six writers in residence at any one time. The residency program at Varuna is the only national residency in Australia dedicated to literature. Around 160 writers are hosted each year, offering an inspirational environment for committed writers from all genres to work undisturbed on their projects. Varuna also hosts the annual Blue Mountains Writers’ Festival.  

Catherine will receive airfare to Australia from Ireland, and will be welcomed to the residency for a four-week period in October 2022. She will take part in readings and events at the Blue Mountains Writers Festival during her stay.

Catherine Phil MacCarthy has published five collections of poetry (and a novel), most recently Daughters of the House, (2019) and The Invisible Threshold, (2012) both with Dedalus Press, Dublin. Her poems arise often from wonder and the quest to understand, explore the primal power of attachment and desire, and deliver experiences of what it is to be human. They observe our connection to the world around us, and the threatened natural environment. She received the Lawrence O Shaughnessy Award for Irish Poetry from the University of St Thomas, St Paul, Minnesota, and is a former editor of Poetry Ireland Review. She was born and grew up in Co Limerick, and is a graduate of University College Cork, and Trinity College, Dublin. She has lived in Dublin since 1987.