Poem of the Year

The LISTOWEL WRITERS' WEEK POEM OF THE YEAR

About The Award

The Listowel Writers’ Week Irish Poem of the Year was inaugurated in 2016 and fulfilled a long-held ambition of the awards organisers to include poetry on the awards roster. Listowel Writers’ Week, one of Ireland’s finest and longest running literary festivals, holds a cherished place in the hearts of all those who love Irish literature.

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Poem of the Year 2020

In The Museum of Misremembered Things

By Linda McKenna

Linda McKenna is originally from Kinsealy in north County Dublin but has lived in Downpatrick for over 20 years. She was educated at Trinity College Dublin and the University of Leicester. She began writing poetry in 2015 and has had poems published in a number of publications including, Poetry Ireland Review, the North, the Honest Ulsterman, Crannog. In 2018 she won the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing and the Red Line Festival poetry award. Her debut collection, In the Museum of Misremembered Things, was published by Doire Press in 2020. She works as Community Education Manager at Down County Museum.

The 2020 Shortlist

Shadowplay
by Joseph O’Connor
Normal People
by Sally Rooney
Midwinter Break
by Bernard MacLaverty
Solar Bones
by Mike McCormack
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Previous Winners

2019 – Salt Rain by Audrey Molloy

2018 – Birthday by Brian Kirk

2017 – Seven Sugar Cubes by Clodagh Beresford Dunne

2016 – In Glasnevin by Jane Clarke

Rewatch the 2020 Virtual ceremony here...