Rita Kelly is an award-winning poet and writer in both Irish and English since 1972. Her work has been translated into French, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Galician and German. Some of her work has been put on literature courses at Yale University. She has first-hand experience of working alongside her late husband Eoghan Ó Tuairisc (1919–1982), writer and poet from 1972–1982. As well as writing, they also worked with theatre directors at the Abbey, Peacock, Damer & An Taidhbhearc. She has extensive experience in public engagement around literature, having performed Writer-in-Residence and Arts Officer roles for several county councils as well as having lectured, given workshops and seminars since the 1980s at third-level institutions and festivals at home and abroad. Her work has been anthologised in over twenty collections and she has edited journals and anthologies in both Irish and English. She is a well-established critic in Irish and English, having reviewed and written for Anois, Innti, Inniu, The Irish Times, The Evening Herald, Feasta, Comhar, Deirdre, Irish Pages, Books Ireland, The Literary Review, Foinse, Lá, Poetry Ireland Review.
Is file agus scríbhneoir dhátheangach í le fada an lá. A lán duaiseanna is sparántachtaí buaite is faighte aici ó thosaigh sí ag cumadh. Rinneadh aistriúcháin ar chuid dá saothar i rith na mblianta – Fraincís, Gearmánais, Spáinnis, Iodáilis, Isiltíris, Gailísis. Cuireadh chomh maith, cuid dá saothar ar na cúrsaí litríochta in Ollscoil Yale. Bhí sí pósta le hEoghan Ó Tuairisc (1919-1982), file is scríbhneoir ó 1972-1982. Ba scríbhneoir cónaithe í i gCo Laoise, i gCo an Chabháin, agus i gCo Chill Chainnigh. Ba oifigeach ealaíon í i gCo Uíbh Fhailí. Bhí sí ar na turais Albanacha le Comhdháil Náisiúnta na Gaeilge faoi thrí. Í ina moltóir do Shlógadh, an tOireachtas, An Chumann Scoildrámaíochta. Ó na 1980acha ar aghaidh thug sí léachtanna, seimineáir, páipéaracha liteartha, léamha agus ceardlainne sna háiteanna seo leanas: Yale University, Columbia University, Boston University, Edinburgh University, Trinity College Dublin, NUI Maynooth, NUI Galway, University of Limerick, University College Cork, Éigse Carlow agus Éigse Michael Hartnett.
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