Emily Cullen comes on board for Cúirt

Emily Cullen.
Emily Cullen.

Galway Arts Centre has appointed Emily Cullen as the new Programme Director of the Cúirt International Festival of Literature.

Emily, who has a PhD in English from NUI Galway (2008) is originally from Carrick-on-Shannon, but has been based in Galway since commencing her BA in the early 1990s. She began her career as theatre administrator with the professional Irish language theatre company, Amharclann de hÍde in Dublin in the late 1990s.

Emily then became the inaugural Arts Officer at NUIG. She founded the annual Múscailt festival at the university, curated talks on contemporary art, and brought diverse artists to the campus – from Abbey Theatre productions to a Belfast breakdance crew.

Emily was also Programme Director of the national Patrick Kavanagh Centenary celebrations in 2004, during which she initiated a national ‘Kavanagh Day’ of readings, the Raglan Road festival and other cross-disciplinary events.

The author of two poetry collections: In Between Angels and Animals (Arlen House, 2013) and No Vague Utopia (Ainnir Publishing, 2003), Emily is also a writer, harper and scholar.

The Managing Director of Galway Arts Centre and Producer of Cúirt International Festival of Literature Páraic Breathnach said all involved in Cúirt are delighted to have someone of her “experience and knowledge on board”.

Emily who takes up her appointment on Monday, said she was honoured to do so.

“The Cúirt Festival has enriched and deepened my literary insight through the years, bringing great joy and memories of inspiring readings and events.”