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National Library seeks poet in residence

Exciting opportunity for an emerging or established poet with a fee of €20,000

The National Library, in partnership with the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and the Decade of Centenaries Programme, is seeking a poet in residence.

Keen to attract candidates from across the community, from a diverse range of voices, the deadline for application is 19 March.

During the residency, the poet will engage with two pieces from the Library’s commemoration-themed projects, and form a creative response.

Republican Prayer Vigil at Downing Street, 1921

The two projects that form the basis of the residency are From Turmoil to Truce, and Towards a Republic—both of which explore key figures and events during the war of independence in different ways. Whether the faces in a photo, or the words in a diary entry, there will be a creative dialogue between the poet and the projects, with the aim of fostering exciting, original new work.

Rosamund Jacob, diary entry

This is a unique residency and an opportunity for emerging or more established poets to engage with the Library and showcase their portfolio of work. It offers a fee of €20,000 along with up to €5,000 for expenses and runs for a year (May 2021 – May 2022).  

Further information on the residency and how to apply is available here.