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Jan 25 2018

We have to put our biases under the microscope

Cúirt director Emily Cullen talks diversity, poetry, and her plans for this year's festival

EMILY CULLEN is a poet, an academic, a harpist, and, in April, will preside over her first Cúirt International Festival of Literature as programme director. Cúirt has been a passion since her student days, and now in a position to run the festival, she has a vision for it that places 'diversity' at its core.

A journey through Emily’s CV reveals someone who has been steeped in the arts - both as a creative individual, and as an administrator - since her university years, making her well placed to oversee one of Galway city’s major cultural events.

Emily moved to Galway in the early 1990s to study at NUIG. After completing the master's in literature and publishing, she managed the Irish language theatre company, Amharclann de hÍde, before returning west to take up the post of NUIG arts officer in NUI Galway, which she held from 1999 to 2002. After a period living abroad, Emily worked for Conradh na Gaeilge, before becoming national programmer for the Patrick Kavanagh Centenary celebrations in 2004.

 

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