Winners of the 2017 Poetry Ireland / Tyrone Guthrie Centre Bursary announced

29th November 2017

We are delighted to announce that the selected poets for the Poetry Ireland / Tyrone Guthrie Centre Bursary 2017 are Joseph Horgan, Kathleen McCracken and Lorna Shaughnessy.

This bursary is specifically designed to appeal to mid-career poets. While many schemes exist to support emerging writers, the intention of this bursary is to focus on poets who have achieved a level of distinction in their field and who need time away from other demands to focus on writing poems. The winners of last year's inaugral Poetry Ireland / Tyrone Guthrie Centre Bursary were Michael O'Loughlin, Billy Ramsell and Maria McManus. 
Joseph Horgan was born in Birmingham of Irish immigrant parents. He is the author of three collections, and one prose work. His forthcoming pamphlet collection, 21, will be published by Flarestack in 2018 and his collaborative poetry, film, music installation, Reading in Public Places, will released later this year. He is a past winner of The Patrick Kavanagh Award, has previously been awarded an Arts Council Bursary and has been shortlisted for a Hennessy Award.

Kathleen McCracken is a Canadian poet and academic. She is the author of eight collections of poetry and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Poetry in 1992. She is the recipient of the University of Toronto Review’s Editor’s Choice Award for Poetry, the Anne Szumigalski Editor’s Prize, honourable mention in the WB Yeats Society of New York Poetry Competition, First & Second Prize in the Glebe House Harmony Community Trust Poetry Competition, several Ontario Arts Council awards and an Individual Artist Award from the Northern Ireland Arts Council. Kathleen is currently Lecturer in Creative Writing and Contemporary Literature at Ulster University.

Lorna Shaughnessy was born in Belfast and lives in Co. Galway, Ireland. She has published three poetry collections and her work was selected for the Forward Book of Poetry, 2009. She is also a translator of Spanish and South American Poetry. Her translation of Manuel Rivas’, The Disappearance of Snow (Shearsman Press) was shortlisted for the 2014 Popescu Prize in European Poetry Translation. Her poem, ‘The Dual Citizen’ was join winner of the Poems for Patience Award (UHG/Cúirt) in 2017. Her play, The Sacrificial Wind, was staged in the Cúirt International Literature Festival in 2017.