Saturday, March 5, 2016

Fair Acre Press Poetry Pamphlet Competition - Winners

Jonathan Edwards, My Family and Other SuperheroesI'm delighted to have had a poetry pamphlet shortlisted in the Fair Acre Press Poetry Pamphlet Competition, UK. The competition was well run with a section for poets who had a collection published and those who had not. The full results and report are here.

Dates on which shortlisted pamphlets and the winners were to be announced were clearly stated and these were met. This doesn't always happen in such competitions.

The judge was poet, Jonathan Edwards, whose collection My Family and other Superheroes won the Costa Poetry Award in 2014.

His report is full and generous. The winner in the published writers' category was The Quilted Multiverse by Jill Munro. In the unpublished section the winner was Blueprints for a Minefield by Shauna Robertson. Congratulations and well done to both.

The two winners will be reading with judge, Jonathan Edwards at the Wenlock Poetry Festival in April.

Jonathan said some very complimentary things about my pamphlet Under Surveillance: "Among the shortlisted entries, I would especially like to pick out Under Surveillance. This was a consistently strong pamphlet by a writer with formal control and a wide range of subjects. There were affecting poems about fatherhood and subtle and refined approaches to the villanelle and the sonnet. Best of all, in ‘The Gun’ and ‘Ages,’ this writer showed an ability to write truly brilliant poems. The quality of this pamphlet made the task of choosing just one winner in this category particularly difficult."

Thanks to Jonathan and to all at Fair Acre Press.

Monday, February 29, 2016

WOW Awards Win.

I'm honoured and delighted that my poem, Brain Scan, won first prize in the WOW Awards, poetry section, in Galway on Friday evening. Congratulations to all the winners and to the judges, Jane Clarke and Annemarie Neary. A special thank you to the organizers, Ger and Tony.

It was a great evening in the Crane Bar with the launch of Crannog 41 as well. Some great poems and stories read on the night by writers, some of whom who had travelled distances to be there.

The full results are on the WordsOntheWaves website. The anthology which contains all the short listed poems and stories is available for purchase here on the website.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

National Student Poetry Competition 2016

Windows Publications in association with Cavan Arts, Cavan Heritage Office & Cavan Crystal Hotel announce the 24th National Student Poetry Competition 2016. Adjudicated by Heather Brett & Noel Monahan.    €100 1st Prize in each category. Closing Date 16th March 2016.                                                                                
Entry to this competition is free and can be on ANY subject. Entrant details (name, age, school & contact number) MUST be clearly marked on the BACK of each entry if posting work or at the end of the work if sending by email. Poems should NOT have been published before or won a prize in any other competition, and must be the student’s OWN work.

Entries accepted online as well as by post and from individuals as well as entries sent by schools. Class poems and poems written by groups of students are acceptable but there will be only one prize given per winning poem.

Feel free to illustrate your work as we may use it with poetry if publishing.  

Please send entries to: or by post to Windows/Cavan Crystal Poetry Competition, Cavan Crystal Hotel, Dublin Rd. Cavan, Co. Cavan, Ireland on or before 16th MARCH  2016, clearly stating the category you are entering.

The award ceremony will be held in Cavan Crystal Hotel on Sunday 22nd May at 3pm. It is a condition of the awards that top prize winners must be present at the ceremony before a prize can be awarded.

Junior Category- Open to all students throughout Ireland and the U.K. in primary or national school education or equivalent. (8-12/13 years).                                                                                                    
Senior Category- Open to all students throughout Ireland and the U.K. in second level education or equivalent. (12-18 years).                                                                                                                            
Irish Language Category - Open to all students between 10–18 years old.  

Special Additional Category to Celebrate the 1916 -2016 Centenary, can be in Irish Language or English. Open to students in County Cavan schools ONLY between ages 10–18 years old. Prizes awarded by the Cavan Heritage Office.

All rules as general Windows Competition rules.                
Enquiries: 0870534737 or 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

I Am Dublin flash fiction competition.

Deadline approaching for this competition from the Irish Writers Centre: 

I Am Dublin flash fiction
For any flash fiction practitioners out there, the deadline for the 'I Am Dublin' competition is just around the corner: Monday 15 February.

We're looking for your finest fictitious words about our fair city. This is a bilingual competition with submissions in Irish encouraged which will be judged by the wonderful Dermot Bolger and Doireann Ní Ghríofa.

Winners will be invited to read in a showcase alongside some stalwarts of the Dublin literary scene including Gavin Corbett, Paula McGrath and Eilís Ní Dhuibhne.

You don't have to be a Dubliner to enter!

Lots of great events, course and readings at the Centre in spring. Check out the website.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Holocaust Memorial Day Anthology

27 January is the day for everyone to remember the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, and the millions of people killed by Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur. 
27 January marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. 
Poetry NI marked Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 with the release of a free online anthology of work by poets throughout the whole of Ireland, reflecting on issues that remain as poignant and as relevant today as ever.
I'm delighted to have a poem of mine included, When I Returned, from my collection Asking for Directions (Doghouse, 2012).
Other poets appearing in the anthology are: Trevor Conway, Karen J. McDonnell, Paul Jeffcutt, Shane Vaughan, Stephanie Conn, Colin Dardis, Brendan McCormack, Alice Kinsella, Therese Kieran, Michael Conaghan, Ciarán O’Rourke, James Meredith, Geraldine O’Kane, Glen Wilson, Peter O’Neill, Moya Roddy, Emma McKervey, Raisea Dé Murchú and Yvonne Boyle.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

WOW Awards 2016 Shortlists

I'm delighted to have my poem, Brain Scan, included among the shortlisted poems for this award. Some well-known names there both in the prose and poetry.

Looking forward to the Awards evening and the launch of the 2016 WOW! Anthology on February 26th in Galway.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Kate Dempsey Poetry Collection Launch

Kate Dempsey's poetry collection, The Space Between, will be launched in the Irish Writers Centre, Parnell Square, Dublin 1, on Monday 23 November at 6.30pm.

The collection will be officially launched by well-known writer and journalist Gerard Smyth. The publisher is Doire Press.

Kate’s poetry is widely published in Ireland and the UK including Poetry Ireland Review,The Shop, Orbis and Magma. She won The Plough Prize and has been shortlisted for the Hennessy Award for both poetry and fiction. She was selected to read for Poetry Ireland Introductions and Windows Publications Introductions.

She runs the Poetry Divas, a collective of women poets who blur the wobbly boundary between page and stage at events and festivals all over Ireland.

Kate was guest editor for Boyne Berries 14 and conducted a great poetry workshop at this year's Bailieborough Poetry Festival.

The book may be ordered on the Doire Press website here. Free P&P worldwide for all Doire Press books. And Christmas is just around the corner...

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Boyne Berries 1916 Issue Submission Details

'Freedom' Jack B. Yeats
From Orla Fay, the editor of Boyne Berries:

The submission period for Boyne Berries 19, which will be a special issue commemorating the centenary of the 1916 Rising, will open on Sunday, 15th November 2015 and close on Sunday, 03rd January, 2016. The magazine will  be published in late March of 2016.
What does 1916 mean to you now? Can you picture life one hundred years ago? Is romantic Ireland dead and gone? What would those figures, those celebrated heroes of our past make of Ireland today if they could step out from the shadows? Is this a time to truly reflect? I don't want to put words in your mouth but I'd love to know what you think, what you feel, what you imagine...
I am keen to read work from writers in the Meath area but national and international submissions are also welcome.
Send up to 3 poems per poetry submission. Poems should be no more than 40 lines long. Fiction and prose submissions should be no more than 1500 words. Please use Times New Roman 12 and single spacing. Please include a short biographical note about yourself. Submissions should be placed in the body of the email and attached as a word document attachment. Submit to only.
Submissions which fail to adhere to the above criteria will be ignored.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

World War One Anthology - Behind the Lines

To mark the decade of commemoration and the importance of the Great War members of LitLab Writers Group, including myself, set ourselves the task of reading the Anglo-Celt newspaper for 1915 and finding items which sparked their creativity. The volume of poetry and prose, Behind the Lines, is the result.

The collection will be officially launched by Myles Dungan on this Friday evening at 6.30 in Bailieborough as part of the Bailieborough Poetry Festival.

The book contains copies of the original items, news reports, advertisements, alongside the poem or prose which resulted. The collection is edited by Julia Rice O’Dea and there is a foreword by writer and broadcaster, Myles Dungan.

Copies can be purchased online on the Behind the Lines page on the festival website.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Bailieborough Poetry Festival 2015

Bailieborough Poetry

Bailieborough Poetry Festival 2015 – Programme of events

Friday 9th October: (Murtagh’s Lounge, Main St.)

18.30 Official launch of “Behind the Lines” Anthology by LitLab. Introduced by Myles Dungan and Julia Rice O’Dea.
19.45 A Wilde Night by Patrick Walsh.
20.00 Poetry reading by Niamh Boyce.
21.00 Open mic.

Saturday 10th October:

10.00 Poetry workshop* – Niamh Boyce. (Bailieborough Library)
14.00 Competition prize giving – Michael Farry & Honor Duff (Bailieborough Library)
14.00 – 17.00 Special poetry-themed afternoon tea in Bailie Hotel on Main Street.
16.00 Literary walking tour of Bailieborough with John Ed Sheanon- (starts at Bailieborough Library)
19.00 Open Mic. Featuring writing/ arts groups. – (Murtagh’s Lounge)
20.00 Poems and stories by Patsy McDermott – (Murtagh’s Lounge)
21.00 Poetry reading by Tony Curtis.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Sligo Gaol Talk

Sligo Gaol

Hawk’s Well Theatre and County Sligo Heritage and Genealogy Centre: Sligo Gaol. Wed 23 Sept, 7.30pm, €8

We invite you to discover stories of past lives; which vary from heart-breaking to audacious.

Join historian Micheal Farry and a team of expert speakers and learn about the public executions, pillorying and transportation. Relive the Jail escape that made headlines across the world.

Chat to representatives from Friends of Sligo Gaol, Sligo Heritage and Genealogy Centre and view items from Sligo Gaol in our foyer from 6:30 pm.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Cafe Writers Open Poetry Competition 2015

PRIZES: 1st  £1000; 2nd £300; 3rd £200; Six Commended Prizes of £50; Funniest Poem not winning another prize £100.

SOLE JUDGE Tiffany Atkinson, poet, literary critic, and long-time creative writing teacher in universities, schools and community writing groups. Her poetry is published widely in journals and anthologies, and her first collection Kink and Particle (Seren, 2006) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and winner of the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize.

Her second book, Catulla et al (Bloodaxe, 2011) was shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year. Her third, So Many Moving Parts (Bloodaxe 2014), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, was winner of the 2015 Roland Mathias Poetry Prize.

Her current work explores experiences of illness and healthcare, for which she won the Medicine Unboxed Creative Prize in 2014. She is a Professor of Poetry at the University of East Anglia and lives in Norwich.

Closing date for receipt of entries: 30th November 2015

Maximum of 40 lines (excluding title) on one side of A4.
Entry Fee: £4 per poem; or £10 for 3 poems and £2.00 per poem thereafter.

Prizewinners will be notified in writing by 31st January 2016. The list of prizewinners will be displayed on the website after the prize-giving ceremony at Café Writers on 8th February 2016.

You can enter by post or online. Full details on the website.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Wild Atlantic Words Poetry Festival,

The Wild Atlantic Words Poetry Festival will be held in Castletownbere, County Cork on 5-6 September 2015. The festival will include poetry readings, creative writing workshops, and the awards event and publication for Hungry Hill Writing’s international summer poetry competitions.

There will also be a workshop for school students. The festival will be themed (though not exclusively) to celebrate coastal landscape and maritime life and heritage.

Saturday 5 September 2015

10.45am-1pm: Spoken Word Competition at whiteRoom, The Square, Castletownbere, with a first prize of €100 and a second prize of €50.

2pm – 4.30pm: Poetry workshop at The Sarah Walker Gallery, The Pier, Castletownbere, led by Afric McGlinchey.

2pm – 4.00pm: Poetry workshop for school students at The Library, The Square, Castletownbere, led by Annette Skade. Free admission.

6.00pm:  Readings and awards from the Wild Atlantic Words open and school students’ poetry competitions, at The Sarah Walker Gallery, Castletownbere. Free admission.

9.00pm: Open mic poetry readings — venue to be announced. Free admission — all welcome.

Sunday 6 September

11am – 1.30pm: Poetry workshop at The Sarah Walker Gallery, The Pier, Castletownbere, led by Breda Wall Ryan.

2.30pm: Poetry readings by Afric McGlinchey, Annette Skade, and Breda Wall Ryan at whiteRoom, The Square, Castletownbere. Free admission.

Full details on website.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Bailieborough Poetry Festival

Bailieborough Poetry

The third Bailieborough Poetry Festival will take place over the weekend of 9 & 10 October 2015.

The LitLab group of writers are again organizing a weekend of readings, workshops, open mic session, book launch, etc. Visiting poets will include Niamh Boyce, Tony Curtis and Patsy McDermott.

A volume of exciting new writing by LitLab members based on a project they have been involved in for the past eight months will be launched by Myles Dungan during the festival. More details later!

One of the highlights of the weekend in past years has been the live adjudication and announcement of the winners of The Bailieborough Poetry Competition.

The Bailieborough Poetry Prize competition has a closing date of Friday 25th September 2015. The first prize is €250 and there will be a second and third prize.  There will also be a prize for a writer resident in Cavan or Meath.

Full details, including online entry are available on the website .