National Library welcomes Julie Morrissy as Poet in Residence

The National Library is delighted to announce the appointment of Julie Morrissy as Poet in Residence, in partnership with the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and the Decade of Centenaries Programme.

 Dr Morrissy will engage with, and produce original work inspired by, two of our Commemorations-themed projects:  the recent exhibition From Turmoil to Truce and the major cataloguing and digitisation project Towards a Republic.  This will be a key element of the Decade of Centenaries Programme 2021-2023. An award-winning Irish poet and expert in documentary poetry traditions, Dr Morrissy is also a law graduate, with a particular interest in the formation of the Irish Free State.

Responding to her appointment, Dr Morrissy said: ‘I am thrilled and honoured to be selected as Poet-in-Residence at the National Library of Ireland, as part of the Decade of Centenaries Programme. I am excited about working alongside the brilliant team at NLI, and I hope that my poetic engagement with the archive materials, particularly relating to key women, will uncover new ways of understanding this important revolutionary period in Irish history. My project will examine what it means to commemorate, and will focus on connecting ideas of constraint, resilience, and empowerment to our current moment in contemporary Ireland.’

Announcing the appointment of the five artists selected to work in a number of cultural institutions, including Dr Morrissy, Catherine Martin TD, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, said:  'As we embark on the final, most sensitive phase of the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023, these artists can bring some of our rich primary source material into the public domain in engaging and imaginative ways. Artistic and creative endeavours under this partnership and others will have an important role in encouraging people of all traditions to explore, reflect on and debate challenging and difficult issues arising over the remaining three years of the programme.'

More on Dr Julie Morrissy

More on the Artists in Residence Programme

 
Main Entrance, Kildare St.
Main Entrance, Kildare St.
Quick Links