“She was a radical force in poetry; it changed the very terms of the engagement, ”observed Paula Meehan, who, along with American poet Jane Hirshfield, will judge a new award honoring the late Eavan Boland.
Last week, Poetry Ireland and Stanford University opened nominations for the Eavan Boland Emerging Poet Award, which is presented with the support of the Boland / Casey family, the Department of Foreign Affairs and the United States Embassy. United in Dublin.
This is an annual opportunity for two emerging poets – one from Ireland and one from the United States – who will each receive € 1,700 as well as three mentoring sessions by leading poets over the course of four months. Applications close on November 5. Complete criteria on poetryireland.fr
It’s heartwarming to see worms have your moment in the sun. Joseph O’Connor, who in addition to his good novels runs the Creative Writing Program at the University of Limerick, tells me that a generous donation from UL founding class graduate Paddy Meskell will support the college’s first poet-in-residence.
Closing of submissions on October 14; more details on ul.ie/hrvacances
Finally, a pair of festivals. Waterford’s Imagine Arts Festival turns 20 this year and will host online and live events both indoors and outdoors at venues across the city from October 15-24.
A multidisciplinary range of artistic events include the Waterford Writers Weekend; local author and one of the most celebrated debut of the year Megan Nolan will read from Acts of desperation and talk about the process of writing her next novel. Reservations at Imagineartsfestival.com
Literary motherhood, eco-writing and Gatsby gatherings will be among the many events for the culturally curious at the Red Line Book Festival which runs October 11-17 (including Julia Quinn, interviewed this week on page 15). This flapper definitely fits into the 1920s book club with our own Emily Hourican, Selina Guinness, and Rick O’Shea. All the details on redlinebookfestival.fr
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