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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.

Unesco’s World Poetry Day – Poetry on the Lake

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 20 February 2017.

  CALL: Crossing Lines, poems for immigrants and refugees During March 2017, in the ambit of the celebrations of Unesco’s World Poetry Day, Poetry on the Lake will dedicate a webpage of http://www.poetryonthelake.org/ to poems for immigrants and refugees. Send poems (published or unpublished) to poetryonthelake@yahoo.co.uk subject: Crossing Lines. N.b. There is no fee and no payment.

The York Literature Festival / YorkMix Poetry Competition 2017

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 18 February 2017.

Poems must be in English, run to no longer than 40 lines, and fit on a single A4 page. They must be original and not previously published . Entrants must be over 18 and live or study in the British Isles. Full rules and to enter here. Winning and commended poets will be invited to read their entries at a gala evening prize-giving at Friargate Theatre, York, on March 26, 2017. The prize-giving event will...

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Abridged 0 – 49: Babel Submission Call

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 16 February 2017.

Speaking one language was living one language when they came together to build something that reached toward the above and beyond. In an utopia of unification and pure communication they were elevating themselves together. They were the makers of an axis of worlds, bridging earthly and heavenly, heavy and weightless, rough and holy, body and mind, mess of matter and the idea of perfection beyond such mess. The bridging tower would mean completeness, the unification...

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Cloud poem competition

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 13 February 2017.

The sky is low, the clouds are mean So said Emily Dickinson. Of course, it’s not necessarily the case. Clouds can be whatever we want them to be, which is why we’re teaming up with the Cloud Appreciation Society (CAS) to find the very best new poems about clouds for a new Candlestick Press pamphlet due out this summer. How to enter Entry is free and by email only. Poems should be in English and...

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Nature and Place Poetry competition

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 29 January 2017.

Poems are invited that deal with any aspect of nature and place and will be given a very wide interpretation by our judge, Kathleen Jamie. Not only that, this year RSPB and The Rialto are additionally working with BirdLife International and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. There’s a new prize on offer and prizewinners will be invited to read their poems at an event with Kathleen Jamie at CCI in Spring 2017. The closing date for...

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Anam Cara Workshops

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 18 January 2017.

Beautifully set on the Beara penisula, Anam Cara is a special place to visit to retreat to write or to take one of these interesting sounding workshops. 29 April through 5 May:  “When I Write, I Find a Way to Become Wise About Myself,” a Proprioceptive Writing Workshop led by Ginny Keegan 20 through 26 May: “Painting The Beautiful Beara Peninsula of Ireland” a Watercolour Workshop led by Evenlyn Dunphy 10 through 16 June: “The...

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North West Words and Ealaín na Gaeltachta Irish Language Poetry Competition

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 15 January 2017.

This year’s NWW poetry competition 2016 again features a category for best Irish Language poem. North West Words believes it is important to recognise the wealth of contemporary Irish language poetry in the country. The group, partnered with Ealaín na Gaeltachta (the body responsible for the development of the Arts in the Gaeltacht regions), have combined for a second year to develop an Irish language competition that champions new poetry written in Irish. The competition will have the same format as its...

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Magma Magazine poetry competition

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 6 January 2017.

Magma magazine’s poetry competition is open for entries. Deadline: January 16th 2017.  As always, we are running two competitions concurrently. The Judge’s Prize for poems of 11 to 50 lines is being judged this year by award-winning poet Jane Draycott whose collections include Over, Prince Rupert’s Drop and The Night Tree; she will be reading all entries – there are no sifters. The Editors’ Prize for poems of up to 10 lines is judged by a panel...

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Listowel Writers Week Creative Writing Competitions

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 4 January 2017.

Listowel Writers’ Week is an internationally acclaimed literary festival devoted to bringing together writers and audiences at unique and innovative events in the historic and intimate surroundings of Listowel County Kerry. 31st May to 4th of June 2017 The Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year is generously sponsored by Kerry Group Plc, and with a prize of €15,000 it remains the largest monetary prize for fiction available solely to Irish authors. Novels must be published between 1st...

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Poetry Ireland’s Introductions

Posted by Kate Dempsey on 2 January 2017.

Poetry Ireland’s Introductions Series aims to encourage excellence in the craft of poetry, while raising the profile of talented, emerging poets.  Applications are now open for the 2017 Introductions Series, which will offer poets in the early stages of their careers, writing in Irish or English, the opportunity to showcase theirwork through workshops and performance. In 2017 the poets selected for the Introductions Series will participate in two workshops/master classes. The first workshop is focused on form and craft,...

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