Ceardlann Scríbhnóireachta – Writer’s Workshop

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The Scoil Acla Writers’ Workshop will be taken by Mr. Paddy Bushe.

Paddy Bushe was born in Dublin in 1948 and now lives in Waterville, Co. Kerry. A prize-winning poet in Irish and in English, his collections include Poems With Amergin (1989), Teanga (1990), Counsellor (1991), Digging Towards The Light (1994), In Ainneoin na gCloch (2001), Hopkins on Skellig Michael (2001) and The Nitpicking of Cranes (2004). To Ring in Silence: New and Selected Poems was published in 2008. He edited the anthology Voices at the World’s Edge: Irish Poets on Skellig Michael (Dedalus, 2010).

His latest collection is My Lord Buddha of Carraig Eanna (Spring, 2012). The recipient of the Oireachtas prize for poetry in 2006, he also received the 2006 Michael Hartnett Poetry Award. Last year, Bushe won the annual Irish Times Poetry Now award, which has been presented for the past 12 years and previously won by several of the country’s major poets including Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon, Michael Longley, Harry Clifton, Sinéad Morrissey, Dennis O’Driscoll and Theo Dorgan and last year’s award winner – Caitríona O’ Reilly.

Mr. Bushe is a member of Aosdána – established by the Art’s Council of Ireland in 1981 to honour artists whose work has made an outstanding contribution to the creative arts in Ireland, and to encourage and assist members in devoting their energies fully to their art.  Membership of Aosdána, which is by peer nomination and election, is limited to 250 living artists who have produced a distinguished body of work. Members must be (or have been) resident in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland for five years and have produced a body of work that is original and creative. There are certain exceptions where artists resident outside of the island of Ireland may be eligible if the body of their work is deemed to significantly benefit the arts in Ireland. The current membership is 248. Membership is now open to architects and choreographers.

Achill Island resident and Artist, Camille Souter is a Saoi of the Aos Dána. A number of members are recognised by their peers for outstanding achievement by the title of Saoi. No more than seven current members may be so honoured at any one time. The title of Saoi is conferred by the President of Ireland and is held for life.

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