The Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Trust
The Trustees of the Estate of Katherine Kavanagh will offer the Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship, normally of €8,000, again in 2014.The Fellowship is specifically for Irish poets in their middle years. Poets in order to be eligible must have published a body of work, and show that they are in particular need of assistance.
Poets who think they may be entitled to apply should request further information on the conditions of application for the Fellowship, by writing to the Trustees at 3, Selskar Terrace, Ranelagh, Dublin 6.
There is no application form, but applicants will be asked to supply documentary evidence of age, financial need and Irish citizenship. They will also be asked to supply copies of a substantial number of publications.
The Fellowship will be awarded in November 2014
The deadline for applications is 7th October 2014.
Patrick Kavanagh's widow Katherine in her will left all rights in her husband's works and all royalties from them to Trustees who were directed to apply the income to help Irish poets who are in need of assistance.
Katherine Kavanagh wrote in her will:
'In the light of certain conversations that I had with my late husband I am of the opinion that poets can best benefit from grants, bursaries, loans or any manner of financial assistance during their "middle years," that is to say that period of their creative life when they have established that they are capable of work of merit and before they are too old to reap the full benefit of such assistance.'
The Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in poetry is advertised from time to time. Recipients include Ciaran O'Driscoll, Susan Connolly and Maurice Scully.
The Trustees are Leland Bardwell, Patrick MacEntee, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Eunan O'Halpin, and Macdara Woods.
This site was originally conceived by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and made by Philip Casey. Thanks are due by the Trustees for the work of Carol Taaffe who copied the poems, and for the guidance of Antoinette Quinn.