About the Role


Poetry Ireland’s inaugural Poet in Residence is award-winning poet Catherine Ann Cullen.

Catherine Ann was appointed to the part-time post for a two-year period beginning in October 2019. The Poet in Residence role is part of an exciting neighbourhood project which engages with the many communities who call north inner Dublin city home.

Catherine Ann’s role involves extensive work with a number of diverse communities including the SAOL project for women, the Pathways Centre for former prisoners, as well as schools, libraries, youth and adult groups and many more. Making a visible impact in the local community is a core aim of the residency scheme and the Poet in Residence also has time to engage in their own creative work and to develop commissioned work for Poetry Ireland.

You can find out more about Catherine Ann in this news story announcing her appointment.

And learn more about her first year as Poet in Residence in this Q&A website story.

As Poet in Residence, Catherine Ann has appeared in lots of media. Here are just a few highlights:

Morning Ireland – October 2019

Writer’s Block – The Gloss – January 2020

RTÉ The Poetry Programme – March 2020

RTÉ Six One News – Poetry Day Ireland – April 2020

Irish Times – May 2020

Testimonials highlighting the wonderful work that Catherine Ann has engaged in during her residency:

The Poet in Residence project at Poetry Ireland is funded by the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Fund of the Sidney E Frank Foundation and Rethink Ireland.