The winners of the 2015 Trócaire and Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition were announced today at an awards ceremony in the National Library of Ireland. The theme for this year’s competition was ‘Feeling the Heat’, and a high number of entries were received from published, emerging and student poets, in English and Irish. The ceremony included a guest readings from Mary Turley McGrath, winner of the published poets category in 2014, and Jane Clarke, winner of the non-published poets category in 2014, who read from her debut collection, The River, published by Bloodaxe Books this year.
The 2015 Trócaire and Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition winners are:
1st: Marking Time Ann Joyce
Joint runners-up: Buille na Trócaire Dairena Ní Chinnéide
Slow Dancing in a Burning Room Afric McGlinchey
1st: Inuit Maurice Devitt
Joint runners-up: Warming Michael Ray
Rule the World 2015 Therese Kieran
1st: The Sins of the Children Emma Tobin
Joint runners-up: Fevered, Stumbling Arianne Dunne
An Tobar Pádraic de Bhailis
Feeling the Heat Owen O’Sullivan
1st: Feeling the Heat Ruby Thomas
Joint runners-up: Thirst Bobina P. Bovachan
Sacraments of Shade Niamh O’Farrell-Tyler
My Journey to a River Souraya Abdoulaye
1st: Feeling the Heat Shémie Caomhánach
Runner-up: Environmental Change Patrick Barrett
1st: Devastation Bronagh O’Meara
Joint runners up: Our Mistake Elise Carey-McGibney
Dead Earth Dylan Doyle
Prizes for adults this year included choices such as a stay at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, a year's subscription to Poetry Ireland Review, and professional feedback through Poetry Ireland's Critical Assessment Service. Younger entrants won Kindles or book tokens, and a visit to their school by a writer.
The Trócaire and Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition competition offers a genuine opportunity for new and emerging poets to boost their profile and reach new audiences, while helping to raise awareness about climate justice.