25 May 2022

Kilkenny poet is recipient of Poetry Town Bursary

Kilkenny poet is recipient of Poetry Town Bursary

Poet Darren Donohoe

Poetry Ireland has announced the 24 awardees of the Poetry Town Bursary scheme, including Darren Donohue, a poet from Co Kilkenny.
Poetry Ireland put a call out during October for submissions from poets all over the island of Ireland, with three categories (New Poets, Experienced and Spoken Word). Each bursary was worth €300-500, depending on the level of support requested by the applicant.
The bursaries are designed to be used by the awardees for opportunities to develop their poetry – some examples given during the submission process were: taking a writing course, attending a writing residency, paying for mentoring or critical assessment, paying a filmmaker to create a film of poetry work, or simply taking time off work to devote to writing.
Niamh O’Donnell, Director of Poetry Ireland, said:
“We were overwhelmed with the number of applications for bursaries and also delighted to be able to finish our Poetry Town activities by offering and awarding additional supports for 24 individual poets. We thank everyone who entered, and we are greatly looking forward to seeing what our awardees develop over the next few months.”
Poetry Town took place over nine days in September, with a mission of creating communal experiences for and by the people living in each town, bringing together communities both online and in person, and inviting everyone to encounter poetry in their everyday lives.
From guerrilla poetry in the supermarket, on street corners, stilts, and cycles, to pharmacists prescribing Poem Prescriptions to customers, to workshops and events that energised participants to write and read their first lines of poetry, Poetry Town showed that poetry belongs to everybody, wherever they live. See for more information.
Poetry Town is an initiative of Poetry Ireland in partnership with Local Authority Arts Offices and receives funding from the Arts Council of Ireland’s , and is also supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. 

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