‘Salt Rain’ by Audrey Molloy, who took part in Poetry Ireland’s Introductions Series in May 2019, has won the Listowel Writers’ Week Irish Poem of the Year Award.
The award was presented at the An Post Irish Book Awards this week (Wednesday 20 November) and Audrey’s father, Tom, collected it in her absence, as Audrey lives in Sydney Australia.
‘Salt Rain’ appeared in Mslexia in September 2019 and was the first in a sequence Audrey has written about her mother’s life and death.
She also received the Hennessey Award for Emerging Poetry and was runner-up in the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2019.
Also included on the shortlist for the award was Christine Broe, who was the ‘Adult Published’ winner in the Trócaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition Award this year. Christine, a sculptor and poet from the Liberties in Dublin, placed first in her category in the competition with her poem ‘The Kerchief’.
The poem was recently published in Future Perfect, an anthology of 50 award-winning poems selected from entries to the Trócaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competitions 2012-2019.
The two other poems shortlisted for the Listowel Writers’ Week Irish Poem of the Year were 'Pine Box in the Flea Market' by Dean Browne (The Stinging Fly, Summer 2019) and 'Dear Sean' by Paul McMahon (The North - Special Irish Issue).
The Listowel Writers’ Week Irish Poem of the Year was first inaugurated in 2016 and attracts a high calibre of poetry from around the country.
It was one of 16 categories at this year’s An Post Irish Book Awards. Colm Tóibín received the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his central role in Irish cultural life for more than three decades.