Irish Book Awards

LISTOWEL WRITERS’ WEEK POEM OF THE YEAR 2020

READ ALL FOUR POEMS AT WRITERSWEEK.IE

 

THE WINNER:

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 SHORTLIST:

 

Terminarch by Jo Burns

Born in Northern Ireland, Jo Burns lives in Germany. Jo’s poetry has been published in Oxford Poetry, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry News, The Moth, Southword, The Stinging Fly, The Tangerine and Magma among many others. Jo won the McClure Poetry Prize 2017 at the Irish Writers Festival, CA, the Magma Poetry Competition 2018, the Poetry Society’s Hamish Canham Award 2020, and the Writers week Listal Competition 2020. Her first collection White Horses was published by Turas Press in 2018. She is currently working on both a second collection and a collaboration with Emily S Cooper.

 

Through the Ears of a Fish by Eleanor Hooker

Eleanor Hooker holds an MPhil (Distinction) in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin. Her debut poetry collection, The Shadow Owner’s Companion (Dedalus Press ), was shortlisted for the Strong/Shine Award for Best First Irish Collection from 2012. Her second, A Tug of Blue (Dedalus Press), was published in 2016, and her third, plus two chapbooks are due for publication in 2021. Her poems have appeared in journals worldwide, including: Poetry, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Review, PN Review, Agenda, The Irish Times, Winter Papers, The Stinging Fly, The Blue Nib and Banshee. In 2016 she was included as one of Poetry Ireland Review’s ‘Rising Generation’ of Irish poets. Eleanor is a helm and Press Officer for Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat. She is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London. Website www.eleanorhooker.com

 

Triskele by Catherine Ann Cullen

Catherine Ann Cullen is the inaugural Poet in Residence at Poetry Ireland. She is an award-winning poet, children’s writer and songwriter, and recipient of a Kavanagh Fellowship 2018. She has written three poetry collections including The Other Now (Dedalus 2016) and three books for children including All Better! (Little Island 2019). In 2017 she won the Business to Arts Award for Best Use of Creativity in the Community for her residency in East Wall. Her lyrics to Beethoven’s Ode to Joy were sung nationwide in June 2020 as a tribute to frontline staff. She has twice won the Francis Ledwidge Award, won best song in Dublin City Council’s Camac Competition 2018 and was joint winner of the Joyce-Cycle Poetry Award 2019.

 

 

Photo credits:
Eleanor Hooker picture – George Hooker

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