Following the recent announcement of the John Broderick writer’s residency by Westmeath County Council in partnership with the Arts Council, poet Annemarie Ní Churreáin has been announced as the inaugural recipient.
A poet from North West Donegal, Ní Churreáin has received much acclaim recently from her debut publication Bloodroot described by Doireann Ní Ghríofa as “truly exceptional. Among the strongest debut collections of the decade”
Ní Churreáin will take up residency in Athlone in Autumn 2018 and will draw from themes within Broderick’s works, particularly around the subject of ‘outsider’. Ní Churreáin plans to work with emerging writers and youth groups in the local community. She will also use the time to work on a new series of poems titled Earthworks, drawing on local folklore and history such as the Hill of Uisneach and other heritage and archaeological records.
At the announcement of the residency, Chair of the Arts Council, Sheila Pratschke said; “The Arts Council’s role is to give our support to not just the making of art but to opening as many avenues as may be possible to enable the artist to find community, and to enable communities to enjoy and benefit from the artist’s work.
There is something marvellous and heartening about this bequest, this reaching out from one artist to others. It seems to me a very generous as well as imaginative gesture, a sign of kindness, made in the name of art and directed towards an unknown stranger. And, more, it is a gesture of generosity towards a town and a place that was always dear to his heart.”
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