Poetry Now Award

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Poetry Now Award
Awarded for Best Irish poetry collection
Location Dún Laoghaire
Country Ireland
Presented by The Irish Times
Hosted by Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival
Reward(s) €2,000 (originally €5,000)
First awarded 2005
Last awarded 2016
Currently held by Caitríona O’Reilly
Official website www.poetrynow.ie

The Poetry Now Award is an annual literary prize presented for the best single volume of poetry by an Irish poet. The €5,000 award[1] was first given in 2005 (reduced to €2,500 in 2013)[2] and is presented during annual Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown poetry festivals. From 2005 to 2011, it was bestowed during the Poetry Now international poetry festival (the latter event was inaugurated in 1996) which was held in March or April each year.[3] In 2012 and 2013, the award was given during the Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival, in September ("dlr" stands for "Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown").[4][5] The award is sponsored by The Irish Times newspaper.

History[edit]

2016[edit]

Winner: Caitríona O’Reilly, for Geis[6]

Shortlist:

Judges:

2015[edit]

Winner: Theo Dorgan, for Nine Bright Shiners[7]

Shortlist:

Judges:

2014[edit]

Winner: Sinéad Morrissey, for Parallax[8]

Shortlist:

Judges:

2013[edit]

Winner: Dennis O'Driscoll, for Dear Life, awarded posthumously (he died in December 2012).[5]

Shortlist:

  • Catherine Phil MacCarthy, The Invisible Threshold.
  • Dennis O'Driscoll, Dear Life.
  • Harry Clifton, The Winter Sleep of Captain Lemass.
  • James Harpur, Angels and Harvesters.
  • Mark Roper, A Gather of Shadow.[2]

Judges: Mary O'Donnell (poet and novelist), Peter Sirr (writer, editor, translator, and former winner), and Ruth Webster (bookseller).[2][9]

2012[edit]

Winner: Michael Longley, for A Hundred Doors.[10][11][12]

Shortlist:

Judges: Gerald Dawe, James Harpur, and Mary Shine Thompson (all poets).[10]

2011[edit]

Winner: Seamus Heaney, for Human Chain.[14]

Shortlist:

Judges: Brian Lynch (poet, novelist, and screenwriter), Leanne O'Sullivan (poet), and Borbála Faragó (lecturer and critic).[3]

2010[edit]

Winner: Sinéad Morrissey, for Through the Square Window.[16]

Shortlist:

Judges: John F. Deane, Alan Gillis, and Maria Johnston.[17]

2009[edit]

Winner: Derek Mahon, for Life on Earth.[18][19]

Shortlist:

Judges: Kit Fryatt, Sean O'Brien, and Joseph Woods.[20][21]

2008[edit]

Winner: Harry Clifton, for Secular Eden: Paris Notebooks 1994–2004.[20][22][23][24][25]

Shortlist:

Judges: Philip Coleman, Sasha Dugdale, and William Wall.[26][28]

2007[edit]

Winner: Seamus Heaney, for District and Circle.[14][29]

Shortlist:

Judges: Eileen Battersby, Niall MacMonagle, and Maurice Riordan.[31]

2006[edit]

Winner: Derek Mahon, for Harbour Lights.[19][32]

Shortlist:

Judges: Patrick Crotty, Gerard Fanning, and Fiona Sampson.[33]

2005[edit]

Winner: Dorothy Molloy, for Hare Soup, awarded posthumously (she died in January 2004) for her début collection.[34][35]

Shortlist:

Judges: Simon Armitage, Selina Guinness, and Colm Tóibín.[34][37][38]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DLR Poetry Now 2011" (PDF). Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. p. 6. Retrieved 28 March 2011. The winner will receive €5,000. 
  2. ^ a b c "Irish Times Poetry Now: shortlist of five". Irish Times. 25 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "DLR Poetry Now 2011" (PDF). Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. Retrieved 28 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "The Irish Times Poetry Now Award 2012 Shortlist". Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Poetry prize for O'Driscoll last collection". Irish Times. 7 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Caitríona O'Reilly wins 'Irish Times' Poetry Now award". Irish Times. 12 March 2016. Retrieved 17 July 2016. 
  7. ^ "Theo Dorgan wins Irish Times-Poetry Now award". Irish Times. 21 March 2015. Retrieved 1 December 2015. 
  8. ^ "Sinéad Morrissey wins 'Irish Times' Poetry Now award". Irish Times. 13 September 204. Retrieved 1 December 2015.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  9. ^ "Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Office announce the judges for the Irish Times and Strong/Shine Poetry Awards at Poetry Now /Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival 3rd-8th September 2013". Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c Michael Longley wins €5,000 poetry prize Irish Times, 8 September 2012.
  11. ^ Irish Times Poetry Now award winner announced The Griffin Trust, 8 September 2012.
  12. ^ Longely wins €5,000 Poetry Now award Wake Forest University, 10 September 2012.
  13. ^ Irish Times Poetry Now shortlist announced Irish Times, 22 January 2011.
  14. ^ a b Heaney wins 'Irish Times' poetry award Irish Times, 26 March 2011.
  15. ^ Irish Times Poetry Now shortlist announced Irish Times, 22 January 2011.
  16. ^ Sinead Morrissey wins €5,000 'Irish Times' Poetry Now award Irish Times, 27 March 2010.
  17. ^ a b DLR Poetry Now 2010 Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. Retrieved: 28 March 2011.
  18. ^ Derek Mahon Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. Retrieved: 28 March 2011.
  19. ^ a b Mahon wins 'Irish Times' poetry prize for new collection Irish Times, 28 March 2009.
  20. ^ a b c DLR Poetry Now 09 Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. Retrieved: 28 March 2011.
  21. ^ Poetry judges announced Irish Times, 1 December 2008.
  22. ^ Harry Clifton wins Poetry Now award Irish Times, 5 April 2008.
  23. ^ Irish Times Poetry Now shortlist announced Irish Times, 22 January 2011.
  24. ^ Poetry needs to be protected from agendas – Clifton Irish Times, 1 July 2010.
  25. ^ New chair is a poet in his prime Irish Times, 1 July 2010.
  26. ^ a b DLR Poetry Now 08 Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. Retrieved: 28 March 2011.
  27. ^ 'The Irish Times' Poetry Now shortlist Irish Times, 1 March 2008.
  28. ^ Irish Times Poetry Now Award 2008 Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. Retrieved: 28 March 2011.
  29. ^ Heaney work a unanimous choice Irish Times, 31 March 2007.
  30. ^ Poetry Now 2007 Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. Retrieved: 28 March 2011.
  31. ^ Irish Times Poetry Now shortlist Irish Times, 2 February 2007.
  32. ^ Collection cited for 'wonderful flexibility and tonal command' Irish Times, 24 March 2006.
  33. ^ a b Shortlist for 'Irish Times' Poetry Now 2006 prize Irish Times, 28 January 2006.
  34. ^ a b Late poet's work wins award Irish Times, 1 April 2005.
  35. ^ Songs of a spirit's resilience Irish Times, 11 March 2006.
  36. ^ New voices on poetry shortlist Irish Times, 29 January 2005.
  37. ^ New poetry prize launched, Bookseller, Tom Holman, 12 October 2004.[dead link]
  38. ^ "New voices on poetry shortlist", The Irish Times, 29 January 2005. Retrieved: 5 May 2012. Via HighBeam Research (subscription required).

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