The Ginkgo Prize and Poetry School are enormously grateful to our prize partners: Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Curious Arts Festival, and Poetry in Aldeburgh Festival. 


Cill Rialaig Arts Centre are providing a free residency for winners the Ginkgo Prize.

Cill Rialaig Arts Centre is a retreat for artists, poets, writers, film makers and composers of national and international repute.

The project, founded by Dr. Noelle Campbell Sharp, aims to develop and maintain a retreat for artists and writers from Ireland and abroad. Seven studios, a meeting house and library and a utility house have been completed at the village. Over 4,000 artists from Ireland, the UK, Europe, Russia, the US, Mexico, South America, Canada, China, Japan, Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand have visited.

The retreat is partly funded through Government support including grants from the Arts Council and the Department of Arts. However it is still mainly funded by its founding patrons, fundraising events and philantrophic grants.


Curious Arts Festival are hosting a Ginkgo Prize ecopoetics workshop with Miriam Darlington.

One of the UK’s top boutique festivals, Curious Arts is back for a 5th year this July with an inspiring literary line up of author events from celebrated adult and children’s author Matt Haig, journalist, historian and McMafia creatorMisha Glenny, Kate Mosse (Labyrinth) on her new book The Burning Chamber, Lynn Barbour, Miriam Darlington, Jamie Reid, doctor-turned-comedy-writer Adam Kay (This is Going to Hurt) and People’s Poet Lemn Sissay, plus many more.

Expect illuminating adventures, lively literary chat, breakfast briefings on the day’s news, cocktail masterclasses, cartoon clubs, insect walks, pop up theatre and printmaking and puppet making, a pop-up choir, story-telling and journalism workshops.


Poetry in Aldeburgh will host the winners’ reading and a workshop on ecopoetics from National Poetry Competition winner Dom Bury.

Poetry In Aldeburgh is a not-for-profit organisation that plans to build on and continue the heritage of poetry and poetry festivals in the Suffolk Coastal area over almost 3 decades. Our first festival was in November 2016 and we hold them annually since. We also partner with other local and national organisations in the Literary and Arts fields to support Poetry in our area. This year’s festival is curated by Paul Stephenson and the Poetry School. Poetry In Aldeburgh is a registered charity (1167740).