Poetry Ireland is pleased to announce the appointment of Niamh O’Donnell as the new Director of Poetry Ireland. She will step down from her current position as Artistic Director of Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre to take up the role in mid-August.
“It is an incredible honour to be given this opportunity to work with the team in Poetry Ireland, and to play a part in further enhancing its contribution to the image, reputation, health and cultural wealth of the country," said Niamh.
“We live in such uncertain times. All over the world, artists have taken to social media to connect with and console us. In Ireland, during this current crisis, our politicians have drawn repeatedly on the strengthening words of our poets, while our poet-president has written a poem of reassurance for his citizens. Poets, as artists, are noble observers. In the face of uncertainty, art offers potential paths through difficult and complex issues. In return, we must ensure we fully value our artists.
“We have an opportunity now to think deeply about what is important to us, to consider what is essential. As we heal, art offers hope, an essential component in any recovery. The arts unquestionably enrich and enhance our lives during the good times but in times of crisis, they can play a vital role in our restoration and revival.”
Poetry Ireland is also delighted to welcome new appointees to its board of directors: Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh and Felicia Olusanya.
Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh is an Irish-language poet, the recipient of the Michael Hartnett Award and the Lawrence O'Shaughnessy Award for Poetry, and she lectures in Modern Irish at University College Cork. Felicia Olusanya (Felispeaks) is a poet, performer and playwright, a member of Dublin City Council's Culture Company Advisory Panel and a member of the poetry collective 'We are Griot'.
Earlier this month, we announced that Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan has been appointed as the first guest editor of Trumpet, Poetry Ireland's literary pamphlet packed with reviews, essays, and strong opinions.
Chandrika is a published poet and is currently Marketing and Development Manager with Fishamble Theatre Company. She will edit Issue 9 of Trumpet, due for publication this autumn.