PoetryIreland 2019Review - Page 20



Poet in Residence
Poetry Ireland announced its
inaugural Poet in Residence in
October 2019. Award-winning
poet Catherine Ann Cullen was
appointed to the post for a two-year
period, as part of an exciting new
neighbourhood project which will
engage with the many communities
who call the north inner city home.
This new role is funded by the
Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Fund of
the Sidney E Frank Foundation with
additional support from the Social
Innovation Growth Fund Ireland.
So far in her role, Catherine Ann has
worked on projects including creative
writing workshops with the Pathways
Centre for former prisoners and held
a mini-residency at St Audoen’s
Catherine Ann Cullen
National School in Dublin (writing
four poems commissioned by the
children, encouraging their own
writing and creating a communallywritten song, ‘The Walls of Dublin
Town’).
She also participated in the
BEACON education forum run by
Larkin Community College with
the Teaching Council of Ireland
and students from local schools,
presenting a spontaneous spoken
word piece to finish the day, and has
given a creative writing workshop
and a Leaving Cert poetry class at
Wheatfield Prison School.
There are many more exciting
initiatives in the pipeline for 2020.





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