Trócaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition 2019 winner is shortlisted for An Post Irish Book Awards

25th October 2019

A poet who was the ‘Adult Published’ winner in the Trócaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition Award this year has now been shortlisted for the Listowel Writers’ Week Irish Poem of the Year Award at the An Post Irish Book Awards.

Christine Broe, a sculptor and poet from the Liberties in Dublin, placed first in her category at the Trócaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition with her poem ‘The Kerchief’ in May of this year. The annual competition uses the arts to raise awareness about the leading global justice issues of our time.

This poem has now been announced on the shortlist for Listowel Writers’ Week Irish Poem of the Year at the An Post Irish Book Awards, which take place on 20 November in The Convention Centre, Dublin. The category was first inaugurated in 2016 and attracts a high calibre of poetry from around the country.

Also included on the shortlist is 'Salt Rain' by Audrey Molloy (Mslexia, September 2019). Audrey (pictured below) was one of the poets selected for Poetry Ireland's Introductions series earlier this year (May 2019). She also received the Hennessy Award for Emerging Poetry and was runner-up in the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2019.

Audrey Molloy

Christine Broe was formerly an art teacher and art therapist and since her retirement, she has been able to devote more time to her own art practice and exhibits with People’s Art on St Stephen’s Green. She’s also a long-time member of the Rathmines Writers’ Workshop.

‘The Kerchief’ 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 book was launched at Poetry Ireland on Culture Night with several winners taking part in a showcase event.

As well as her inclusion in the anthology, Christine has two collections with Swan Press, Solas Sólás (2003) and Lifting Light (2015), and was the winner of the inaugural Brendan Kennelly/Sunday Tribune Award (2001) and the Cite of Olbia Award (2002).

In 2016, in collaboration with Bealtaine Festival and the IFI, a documentary about Christine’s poetry and bog sculpture went on to win the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Award for Cultural Short Film. Christine’s website is www.christinebroe.com.

The winner of the Listowel Writers’ Week Irish Poem of the Year will be announced at the An Post Irish Book Awards on 20 November. The four shortlisted poems are: 

'The Kerchief' by Christine Broe (Trócaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition - Future Perfect, September 2019)
'Salt Rain' by Audrey Molloy (Mslexia, September 2019)
'Pine Box in the Flea Market' by Dean Browne (The Stinging Fly, Summer 2019)
'Dear Sean' by Paul McMahon (The North - Special Irish Issue)

You can vote in the An Post Irish Book Awards up until 13 November here.