The dlr Shine Strong Poetry Award
The dlr Shine Strong Poetry Award is presented annually to the author of the best first collection of poems published by an Irish poet in the previous year.
The Shine Strong Award is awarded in memory of Rupert and Eithne Strong and is made possible by the generous support of Shine, the national organisation dedicated to upholding the rights and addressing the needs of all those affected by mental ill health.
The Award is part of the Poetry Now programme at the Festival. The Award serves to recognise the promise and achievement of both English and Irish language poets. First collections published in English or Irish by Irish writers within the calendar year 2017 are eligible.
This year, our judge is Theo Dorgan.
Theo Dorgan was born in Cork in 1953; he has made his home in Dublin for many years. Poet, prose writer, editor and translator, he has also written scripts for film documentaries and worked as a presenter of literature programmes on radio and television for over 25 years. Theo Dorgan is a member of Aosdána.
The five titles on this year’s shortlist, in alphabetical order, are:
First the Feathers
Annemarie Ní Churreáin
Hymn to the Reckless
Flight Paths over Finglas