Here comes the sun … and the June newsletter! Deadline for our Poem Improvement workshop with Stephen Sexton is today. Also make sure to get your applications in this Friday for the Mid Career Bursaries, a one week residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre.
You’ll also find below an extensive list of submission, funding, and competition opportunities to keep you busy during those long summer evenings.
A two-and-a-half-hour poetry workshop for people from all backgrounds with an interest in writing poetry. Led by poet Stephen Sexton, participants will read and explore some great contemporary poems, and will have an opportunity to workshop their poetry in a fun, encouraging environment.
This will be a mixed-level workshop, and those who have never taken part in a workshop before are encouraged to apply. Participants should be ready to discuss a poem of their own with the group. If you’d like to take part, please email a brief expression of interest along with two poems in a single attached Word documentto email@example.com by Wednesday 5 June.
Stephen Sexton lives in Belfast. His poems have appeared in Granta, Poetry London, and Best British Poetry 2015. His pamphlet, Oils, was the Poetry Book Society’s Winter Pamphlet Choice. He was the winner of the 2016 National Poetry Competition, the recipient of an ACES award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and was awarded an Eric Gregory Prize in 2018. His forthcoming collection, If All the World and Love Were Young, will be published by Penguin this summer, and has been nominated for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection.
Poetry Ireland and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig are delighted to jointly offer two fully resourced Poet-in-Residence Bursaries (one week in duration) in 2019 / 2020. This bursary is specifically designed to appeal to mid-career poets. While many schemes exist to support emerging writers, our intention 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.
Who can apply
This is an open call to poets resident in Ireland who have at least two collections of poems published by a recognised publisher. How to apply:
Applications are accepted by email only firstname.lastname@example.org
A cover letter including your personal details and statement of artistic intent, clearly and concisely outlining the writing project you wish to focus on during your time at Annaghmakerrig.
An updated Curriculum Vitae (max. two A4 pages)
Friday June 7th, 5pm. No late applications will be considered. Applications will be acknowledged by email on receipt. Selection process:?
Applications will go before a selection panel comprised of representatives of Poetry Ireland and a nominee of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre.? The successful applicant will be notified by the end of June.
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The Garsdale Retreat, The Yorkshire Dales, England
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The Moth Retreat
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