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About this Organisation
Poetry Ireland/Éigse Éireann is the national organisation for poetry in Ireland. We serve all 32 counties and receive support from The Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and The Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
As an organisation we are dedicated to developing, supporting and promoting poetry through Ireland. Poetry Ireland is committed to creating meaningful encounters with poetry for the public. We are also committed to creating performance and publication opportunities for poets at all stages of their careers. Through four core activities: publications, readings, education and the provision of an information and resource service, we seek to promote access and excellence by embracing and fostering poetry and language as tools for living.
Poetry Ireland also operate the The Writers in Schools Scheme, one of the longest running arts-in-education programmes in the country. 2007 marked the 30th anniversary of the Scheme, run by Poetry Ireland and funded by the Arts Council/ An Chomhairle Ealaíon.
The Scheme part-funds visits by writers and storytellers to primary and post primary schools throughout the Republic of Ireland. There are over 250 writers and storytellers for schools to choose from on the Writers in Schools Web-Directory of Writers.
Thanks to lottery funding support from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, we are delighted to be able to announce the establishment of Writers in Schools Northern Ireland (WIS NI). Through the Scheme, primary and post-primary schools in the North can now apply for support for a visit or residency by a writer or storyteller.
For a full explanation about how to organise a visit, downloads for applications and other information please go to WIS Visits.
Poetry Ireland is happy to fund readings countrywide, north and south, subject to certain conditions. For more information visit http://www.poetryireland.ie/whats-on/funding-for-readings.html
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