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Noelle Vial Tyrone Guthrie Centre Poetry Bursary

A new poetry award has been set up in memory of Killybegs poet Noelle Vial.

A new poetry award has been set up in memory of Killybegs poet Noelle Vial.

Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival is pleased to celebrate the memory of much loved Killybegs poet Noelle Vial, who died 10 years ago this year, with the creation of a special poetry bursary under her name.

The bursary, which is being offered in association with members of the poet’s family, will take the form of a week long stay at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, Newbliss, County Monaghan and will be known as the Noelle Vial Tyrone Guthrie Centre Poetry Bursary.

The bursary is aimed at an emerging poet, writing in English or Irish or both, who will be at a particular point in the development of their writing careers. That is, their works will already have featured in a selection of established poetry publications, magazines, anthologies etc. and they will now be at the point of preparing a debut or a second collection for submission to prospective publishers, or indeed for actual publication.

The sojourn in the supportive environment of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre is designed to provide them with the time and space to refine and collate their work. The bursary is open to poets living and working in Donegal as well as to Donegal born-writers who may currently be based outside of the county.

Poets wishing to be considered for the bursary are invited to submit six to ten samples of recent work, their current CV which will include a record of publication of work to-date, and an Artist’s Statement, of not more than 200 words, outlining how and why a stay at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at this point in time would assist their development as a writer.

Submissions should be forwarded to the Noelle Vial Tyrone Guthrie Centre Poetry Bursary, Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival, c/o Donegal County Library, Rosemount, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal no later than 5.00pm on Wednesday, September 18 next. Submissions may also be emailed to traolach@donegalcoco.ie .

The winner of the inaugural Poetry Bursary will be announced on Friday, September 26 at a special evening of Poetry and Music celebrating the life and work of Noelle Vial. The event will take place at No. 22 Main Street, Killybegs as part of the 13th Annual Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival (September 26 –October 6 ).

For further information, please contact Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival at Donegal County Council Arts Service, Tel. 074 912 1968 E. traolach@donegalcoco.ie.

 

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