Literature Ireland

Aodh Ruadh Ó Domhnaill Poetry Bursary 2023


The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig and Residencia Literaria 1863 are delighted to announce poets Dairena Ní Chinnéide and Xavier Quiepo as the recipients of the Aodh Ruadh Ó Domhnaill Poetry Exchange, 2023

Dairena Ní Chinnéide is a bilingual poet from Ireland. The most recent of her 11 published collections is Tairseach (Éabhlóid, 2021). Deleted (Salmon Poetry, 2019), was her first collection in English. She has received numerous awards including Irish Language literature Bursaries from the Arts Council of Ireland, Ealaín na Gaelteachta, Munster Literature Centre and the Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship. File dátheangach i Dairena Ni Chinnéide, tá 11 cnuasach filiochta foilsithe aici. Tairseach foilsithe ag Éabhlóid (2021), a cnuasach is déanaí. Sé’n leabhar Deleted (2019, Salmon Poetry), a céad cnuasach as Béarla.

Her project Lorg: mark, print, track, trace, seek or search for is a search for the resonance from genetic markers found between various parts of Galicia and Corca Dhuibhne, her home in the South West of Ireland. A lorg for those ephemeral prints of cultural parallels between the language and archaeology, the songs and music of both regions.

Galician poet, novelist and translator Xavier Quiepo has been awarded, among others, the Spanish Critic's Prize, The Xerais Prize for Literature and the Blanco Amor Prize. He also shared the National Prize for Translation for his co-translation of Ulysses by James Joyce (Editorial Galaxia, 2013). A regular collaborator to Galician literary journals, Quiepo’s recent publications include Final Feliz (Xerais, 2022) and Algoritmos (Galaxia, 2022).

His project Charcoal to sketch a sentimental botany reappraises his notebooks from a number of previous visits to Ireland. A reencounter with the younger poet whose first impressions of Ireland are laid down in those notebooks to be reflected upon what he encounters today, most especially in the natural world. As a trained botanist, Quiepo's eye is particularly trained on the ecopoetics of contemporary Irish poets along with whose work he aims to consolidate a text that will grow from this wandering through the haunted self.

Keith Payne, curator of the Aodh Ruadh Ó Domhnaill Poetry Exchange is particularly pleased this year to welcome an Irish-language poet to Galicia. 

The award is made possible through the support of  Literature Ireland, The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Residencia Literaria 1863, The Irish Embassy, Madrid, Poetry Ireland and the Xunta de Galicia.

Posted to on 27 Jun 2023.