Announcement of the winners of the Joyce-Cycle Poetry Competition

6th March 2019

Media Launch Thursday 7th March 11am

Venue:  Poetry Ireland 11 Parnell Square East, Dublin 1

10.50 am Photo opportunity with participants and artists in their St. Patrick’s Day parade attire with props, including Joanna Donnelly, meteorologist and author of The Great Irish Weather Book, illustrator Fushcia McAree, and actor and poet PJ Brady who will perform a short piece on Patrick Kavanagh and the bicycle at the launch.

11.00-11.30am Announcement of the winners of the Joyce-Cycle Poetry Competition in collaboration with Poetry Ireland

The Judges were Maureen Kennelly Director of Poetry Ireland, Sinead Connolly, Dublin City Council Arts Officer and Donna Cooney, Artistic Director of Joyce-Cycle for Dublin Cycling Campaign. There were seventy entries in the Joyce-Cycle Poetry Competition, which was launched on Valentine’s Day. Poets were encouraged to submit poems on the theme of ‘Love your Bike’.

“We are delighted to partner with the Dublin Cycling Campaign for this project. We know that the postcards of the winning poems will be a real treat for anyone lucky enough to encounter them during the St. Patrick’s Day parade.” Maureen Kennelly, Director of Poetry Ireland

The winning poems will be published online and printed on postcards and book marks, which will be given out to public viewers during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2019.

About Joyce-Cycle

The title of the Dublin Cycling Campaign’s pageant in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2019 is Joyce-Cycle. It will include over one hundred participants of all ages, from babies to those in their late 80’s. The theme will bring to life the wonderful writings of some of our best-loved Irish writers with connections to the bicycle, including James Joyce, Flann O’Brien, Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett and Dervla Murphy. Participants have taken part in workshops to create wearable books, incorporating original book covers for their favourite books. Some well-known Irish writers and personalities will also join in, astride and merged with their beloved bicycles!

“A confused shadow was cast. It was I and my bicycle. I began to play gesticulating, waving my hat, moving my bicycle to and fro before me, blowing the horn, watching the wall. They were watching me through the bars; I felt their eyes upon me. The policeman on guard at the door told me to go away. He needn’t have, I was calm again. - Beckett’s character Molloy

The Joyce-Cycle concept is by artist Donna Cooney, who developed the highly regarded Freedom Machine in the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Due to the success of last year’s pageant, the Dublin Cycling Campaign Joyce-Cycle pageant will be in the main body of the parade this year. Donna Cooney will coordinate Joyce-Cycle, and the parade creative team will be assisted by artists Laragh Pittman and Gary Brady, both of whom also worked on the Freedom Machine pageant.

For more information: Check out the pageant website: Joyce-Cycle