Poetry Ireland and Trócaire have worked in partnership for many years, exploring global justice through poetry and creative writing, mostly through schools. Since their first joint poetry competition was launched in 2011, they have reached new audiences at festivals and readings across Ireland.
To encourage emerging and experienced voices alike, the competition is open to all writers, ranging from published poets to primary school students. This all-inclusive format is what makes the Trócaire and Poetry Ireland competition so unique. Entries are invited from both published and emerging poets, in English and Irish, with special categories for younger entrants and a Spoken Word category for performance poetry.
The competition takes place in March/April each year, with winners notified in May. The winning poems are also published in booklet form, and distributed to arts festivals and community events, and through schools and poetry readings. Winners and runners up are invited to read at our lunchtime awards ceremony at the National Library of Ireland in Dublin, and many past winners have gone on to read at events around Ireland, including Culture Night and the Mountains to Sea Book Festival in Dun Laoghaire.
This year’s winners were announced on 27 May at a special ceremony in the National Library of Ireland. The standard this year in the Primary Schools and Post-Primary Schools was extremely high.
I suppose it is timely to disclose here that I entered the competition this year and that I was lucky enough to be chosen as the winner in the Senior Post-Primary Category for my poem The Sins of the Children. I was in very good company amongst the other winners and it was very enjoyable to get to hear all of the winners – young and old(er) – reading their work.
You can read the winning poems in a wonderful new anthology which takes its title from the theme of this year’s competition Feeling the Heat.
Click here to download the anthology.
My poem is on page 12.