Shortlist for Irish Times/Poetry Now Award and Shine/Strong Poetry Now Award announced

22nd January 2016

The Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival is delighted to announce the shortlists of the Irish Times/ Poetry Now Award and the Shine/Strong Poetry Award, the winners of which will be announced during this year’s festival.

The Irish Times/Poetry Now Award is presented annually to the author of the best collection of poems published in English by an Irish poet in the previous year. The winner will be chosen from this shortlist of collections published in 2015. Recent winners include Theo Dorgan, Sinéad Morrissey, Dennis O'Driscoll, Michael Longley and Seamus Heaney. The winner will be announced on 12th March 2016 (12.30pm, The Studio in dlr LexIcon).This year's judges are Colin Graham, Lia Mills and Gerard Smyth. The winner will receive €2,000. 

‘Since 2005 the Irish Times Poetry Now Award has been a lens through which the rich and varied field of new poetry in Ireland has come into focus’ – Belinda McKeon 

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin The Boys of Bluehill Gallery Press 

John F. Deane Semibreve Carcanet Press 

Doireann Ní Ghríofa Clasp Dedalus Press 

Medbh McGuckian Blaris Moor Gallery Press 

Caitríona O’Reilly Geis Bloodaxe Books 

The Shine/Strong Poetry Award is presented annually to the author of the best first collection of poems published in English or Irish by an Irish poet in the previous year. Recent winners of the Award include Caoilinn Hughes, Tara Bergin, Michelle O'Sullivan, Grace Wells and Peadar Ó hUallaigh. This year's award is judged by Kevin Barry and the recipient will receive €1,000. The award will be announced on Sunday 13th March 2016 (2.00pm, The Studio in dlr LexIcon) following readings by the shortlisted poets. 

The Shine/Strong Award is awarded in memory of Rupert and Eithne Strong and is made possible by the generous support of Shine. Shine is the national organisation dedicated to upholding the rights and addressing the needs of all those affected by mental ill health. 

Madelaine Nerson Mac Namara The Riddle of Waterfalls Bradshaw Books 

Connie Roberts Little Witness Arlen House 

Breda Wall Ryan In A Hare's Eye Doire Press 

For more information and bookings for all Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival events please go to www.mountainstosea.ie