Shine Strong Award

Date: Sunday March 31st
Venue: dlr LexIcon Level 4
Time: 10am
Cost: Free Event
Age: All Ages

An undoubted festival highlight, our Poetry Now 2018 winner and 2019 Shine Strong Judge Leontia Flynn announces the winner of the best debut anthology of the year.

Leontia Flynn has published three collections of poems. These Days (Jonathan Cape, 2004) won an Eric Gregory Award in manuscript, and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. It was shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Prize, and Flynn named as one of twenty ‘Next Generation’ poets by the Poetry Book Society.

Drives was published by Jonathan Cape in 2008, when Flynn won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and a major Individual Artist Award from the Arts Council Northern Ireland. Profit and Loss was Poetry Book Society Choice for Autumn 2011. Leontia Flynn received the 17th annual Lawrence O’Shaughnessy award for Irish poetry in 2013 and the AWB Vincent American Ireland Fund literary award in 2014. She is currently writer in residence at the Bloomsbury Hotel, London.

Leontia Flynn has written a Ph.D. thesis and a book on the poetry of Medbh McGuckian. She has also written articles, reviews and essays.

This year's shortlist is:

Maureen Boyle

The Work of a Winter (Arlen House)

John Kelly

Notions (Dedalus Press)

Neil McCarthy

Stopgap Grace (Salmon Poetry)

Laurence O'Dwyer 

Tractography (Templar)

Jane Robinson

Journey to the Sleeping Whale (Salmon Poetry)

Moya Roddy

Out of the Ordinary (Salmon Poetry)