A&L Goodbody Writer-in-Residence: Catherine Ann Cullen

 

 Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts and Julian Yarr, Managing Partner at A&L Goodbody with pupil Cerys Duff (age 7) from St. Joseph’s Co Ed Primary School, Dublin 3.

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts and Julian Yarr, Managing Partner at A&L Goodbody with pupil Cerys Duff (age 7) from St. Joseph’s Co Ed Primary School, Dublin 3.

Business to Arts and leading corporate law firm, A&L Goodbody have launched a unique, new Writer in Residence programme under the Docklands Arts Fund which will see author Catherine Ann Cullen work with children at St. Joseph’s Co-Ed Primary School in East Wall to develop their creativity and literacy skills.

The Writer in Residence role includes working with pupils at St. Joseph’s, participating in literacy workshops with the children and supporting Business to Arts’ wider civic programme promoting the Arts. The exciting venture marks the first time that a business in Ireland has engaged a Writer in Residence programme with Business to Arts and Dublin City Council, through the Docklands Arts Fund.

After the Open Call process, writer Catherine Ann Cullen was selected, and began work in September 2016.

Commenting on the announcement Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts said

The A&L Goodbody writer-in-residency with writer Catherine Ann Cullen & St. Joseph’s National School is an important and exciting community project as part of the Docklands Arts Fund. Catherine’s background as an author and producer, will give students at St. Josephs a very special opportunity to explore the magical world of literature through a new engaging format. We look forward to watching the residence develop, encouraging and instilling a love reading in all students involved.”

Sinéad Smith, Corporate Responsibility Manager at A&L Goodbody states:

A&L Goodbody is delighted to be supporting this innovative initiative. This partnership builds and complements our ongoing work delivering similar projects to boost literacy levels in our local area. We look forward to working with Catherine Ann through the Writer in Residence programme which creates an exciting new dimension in our work to engage and inspire children.”

A&L Goodbody is committed to raising literacy levels among children in their neighbourhood in the Docklands area of Dublin. Over the last four years they have been working with education charity Suas in a programme that includes A&L Goodbody people volunteering for a paired reading literacy support programme with 8-14 year olds. 180 of A&L Goodbody’s employees have so far taken part in this programme.

Julian Yarr, Managing Partner at A&L Goodbody said “A&L Goodbody is delighted to be supporting this innovative new initiative. This partnership builds and complements our ongoing work with Suas to boost literacy levels in our neighbourhood. We look forward to continuing to support this important work over the next three years through the Writer in Residence programme which creates an exciting new dimension in our work to engage and inspire children in our local community through literacy.”

Catherine Ann Cullen to date has published three collections of poetry The Other Now (2016), Doghouse, Strange Familiar (2013) and A Bone in My Throat (2007). Her children’s books, Thirsty Baby (2003) and the award-winning The Magical, Mystical, Marvellous Coat (2001), were published by Little, Brown in the US. Her work has been anthologised including in If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song (Dedalus 2014). She won the Francis Ledwidge International Poetry Award in 2009 for her poem ‘Scooter’. She is a former producer with RTÉ Radio 1, and writes occasional pieces for the Sunday Miscellany programme.

From Left to Right: Sinead Connolly, Dublin City Council, Sinead Smith, Corporate Responsibility Manager, A&L Goodbody Catherine Ann Cullen, Writer in Residence & Andrew Hetherington, Business to Arts at St. Joseph's National School in East Wall Picture Jason Clarke

From Left to Right: Sinead Connolly, Dublin City Council, Sinead Smith, Corporate Responsibility Manager, A&L Goodbody
Catherine Ann Cullen, Writer in Residence & Andrew Hetherington, Business to Arts at St. Joseph’s National School in East Wall
Picture Jason Clarke

 

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