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Applications open for Poetry Ireland International Residency Programme

Applications are now open for the Poetry Ireland International Residency Programme  

An opportunity for adventure, to develop your practice, and expand all kinds of horizons has arisen with Poetry Ireland, as applications for their International Residency Programme open today.

I bhFad i gCéin means far afield—successful applicants will experience one of five cities across the world, including New York, Berlin, Edinburgh, Manchester and Montana.

Funded by The Arts Council‘s International Residency Scheme, five poets will experience this two-to-three-week residency, along with a bursary of €2,000, with travel and accommodation costs also covered by the programme.

The Residencies will be hosted by Cave Canem in New York, poesiefestival in Berlin, Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh, Quarantine in Manchester and Tippet Rise Art Center in Montana. Each residency has been carefully chosen to allow poets to immerse themselves in their locations.

Director of Poetry Ireland Liz Kelly said that this was an opportunity for poets to gain fresh perspectives and platforms for their work.

Liz Kelly, Director, Poetry Ireland

“Each of the five locations is unique, with local partners offering multi-disciplinary experiences ranging from digital formats in Manchester to connections with indigenous communities in Montana. Time–out to explore and write is incredibly valuable and better still, when that time out can be taken in a new setting.”  

The Department of Foreign Affairs will also support the programme and work closely with Poetry Ireland and successful applicants to ensure that a support network is in place at each of the five residency locations.  

Upon completion of the programme, all participants will be invited to take part in a gathering to reflect upon their creative experiences during the residencies.  

The first of the residencies will begin in March 2023 in Edinburgh, with applications opening on Thursday 10 November and closing 6 December. 

A jury of cultural and poetry experts will select the winning poets. Successful applicants will be informed through Poetry Ireland in the second week of December.  

Potential applicants should read the guidelines for each residency carefully, as requirements and opportunities will differ in each city. Not every residency will suit every poet, and applicants are asked to give serious consideration to their choice of residency application.  

While there is no rule against applying for multiple residencies, it is unlikely that a poet will be drawn or suited to more than one residency. The residencies in Berlin, Manchester, and Montana are open to established poets with at least one published book, while residencies in New York and Edinburgh are open to emerging poets.

Each residency is open to both Irish language and English language poets.  

For further information and an application form please visit the Poetry Ireland website.