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A blog by Kate Dempsey

KATE DEMPSEY runs writing.ie's Poetic License blog and is our poetry guru. She is a writer and a blogger living in Maynooth. She writes fiction and non-fiction as well as poetry and is widely published in Ireland and abroad, in magazines, anthologies and on the radio. She fits this around her family and a full time job, writing on the sofa, on the train and in that little coffeeshop on the corner.

Poetry can be a solitary activity and she appreciates the support she received from the online community, particularly when starting out. She is excited about continuing the dialogue with her blog here.

You can follow Kate online, on Twitter and on Facebook.

Poetry Day Ireland

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 8 January 2020.

Poetry Day Ireland 2020, takes place on Thursday 30 April. Everyone is invited to join in and celebrate poetry’s very special place in Irish culture – traditional and new. This year’s theme is ‘There will be time’. Time is universal in all of our lives. Whether we’re looking to the past, living in the ‘here and now’ or pondering what our future will look like. If you’re thinking about organising a Poetry Day event but are...

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Strokestown Poetry competitions 2020

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 25 November 2019.

The Strokestown International Poetry Prize 2020, the Duais de hÍde 2020 and the Percy French Prize for Witty Verse 2020 deadlines are on December 6th 2019. The shortlists will be announced in early February 2020, and the winners will be announced in Strokestown at the 22nd Festival, April 30th – May 4th 2020.  Please click on the name of the prize for further details. The Roscommon Poetry Prize and the Schools’ Poetry Competitions will open in January 2020.

Poetry Ireland announces this year’s Versify poets 

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 8 September 2019.

The spoken word poets will perform as part of Dublin Fringe Festival Poetry Ireland is delighted to announce that this year’s Versify poets are: Samuel Yakura, James Crickard, Trudie Gorman, Beau Williams, Christie Kandiwa and Philip Edgar. Versify, which is the first p artnership between Poetry Ireland and Dublin Fringe Festival, will cultivate and spotlight the most exciting new voices in Irish spoken word poetry. Chosen from a sky-high pile of hopefuls, the Versify poets perform as part of Dublin Fringe Festival on Thursday...

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An Evening with Simon Armitage

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 21 August 2019.

One of my favourite poets!   Wed 4th September, 7pm, Rua Red   Red Line Book Festival is delighted to welcome Simon Armitage, the UK’s new Poet Laureate for a very special event to mark the launch of their 2019 festival. Simon Armitage, whose work spans sharp observations about modern life and classical myths, will hold the historic post for the next decade, taking over from Dame Carol Ann Duffy. The Poet Laureate will read...

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Ó Bhéal Five Words Poetry competition

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 12 May 2019.

7th Ó Bhéal  International Five Words Poetry Competition At around noon each Tuesday (GMT), from April 2019 to the end of January 2020, five words are posted on the Ó Bhéal Five Words competition page. Entrants have one week to compose and submit poems that include all five words given for the week. The competition runs for 41 weeks, until the last week of January 2020 and a prize of 500 euro is awarded to one winner,...

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iYeats International Poetry Competition

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 12 May 2019.

The iYeats International Poetry Competition 2019 is now open for entries! Hosted by Hawk’s Well Theatre since 2009, the annual event has won a prestigious reputation for the calibre of both entrants, and judges. The competition is open to all those who are sixteen years of age and upwards, with an prize of €500 for the winner of the General Category, and €300 is awarded to the winner of the Emerging Category for those aged between 16-25 years of...

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Padraic Colum International Gathering – Adult Poetry Competition 2019

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 4 March 2019.

Prizes for this year’s Adult Poetry Competition are: 1st prize €250, 2nd prize €75 and 3rd prize €50. Winners will be announced at our Padraic Colum Commemorative Concert on Friday, May 17th – all welcome!    

haiku/senryu writing competition

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 2 March 2019.

To celebrate Poetry Day in Ireland, Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat in Beara, West Cork, Ireland (www.anamcararetreat.com), is organising and sponsoring a haiku/senryu writing competition. We are looking forward to your joining the celebration with your entry. Please submit up to three previously unpublished and original haiku (nature based) and/or senryu (human nature based) to Poetry Day Competition at anamcararetreat@gmail.com. The Subject Line must read ‘Poetry Day Competition’. Please include contact details only on your cover email;...

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Bangor Literary Journal Submissions

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 5 February 2019.

Submissions open for Bangor Literary Journal Deadline Midnight 31st March Poetry Please email your submissions to thebangorliteraryjournal@hotmail.com with the heading (SUBMISSIONS-Name-POETRY- 8th ISSUE) Submit a maximum of two previously unpublished poems (We consider it published if it has appeared on: social media, online or in print) no longer than 40 lines long. Flash Fiction Submissions: Please email your submissions to thebangorliteraryjournal@hotmail.com with the heading (SUBMISSIONS-Name-FLASH FICTION-8th ISSUE) Submit a maximum of two previously unpublished pieces of flash fiction (We consider...

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Poems For Patience

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 3 February 2019.

Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust is seeking entries again for its annual poetry competition. The poetry competition is run in conjunction with the Poems For Patience series as part of Cúirt International Festival of Literature which runs from April 8th – 14th in Galway. Deadline: Friday February 22nd.  The prize as part of the annual poetry competition includes: the winner will have his/her poem published and displayed on the Arts Corridor of University Hospital Galway...

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