The Irish Times Poetry Now Award
The Irish Times Poetry Now Award, is presented annually at the festival to the author of the best collection of poems in English, published by an Irish poet in the previous year.
Previous winners of the Award include Paddy Bushe, Caitríona O’Reilly, Theo Dorgan, Sinéad Morrissey, Dennis O’Driscoll, Michael Longley, Harry Clifton and Seamus Heaney. The Award will be presented at Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival on Saturday 24th March 2018 and is made possible by the generous support of The Irish Times. This year, our judges are Fran Brearton, John McAuliffe and Gerard Smyth.
Professor Fran Brearton
Fran is Professor of Modern Poetry at Queen’s University Belfast and Director of the Seamus Heaney Centre. Her first book was a study of the effects of the First World War on 20th-century Irish poetry; most recently, she co-edited (with Alan Gillis) The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Poetry. She reviews poetry regularly for the Guardian, Tower Poetry, and The Edinburgh Review.
Professor John McAuliffe
John is Professor of Creative Writing and Modern Literature at the University of Manchester . He won the RTE Poet of the Future Award in 2000 and published his first book, A Better Life (Gallery), in 2002. He directed Ireland's biggest poetry festival Poetry Now until 2007. He founded and, for its first three years, co-ordinated and chaired the Irish Times Poetry Now Award. He is a member of The Arts Council.
Gerard has published ten collections, including A Song of Elsewhere (Dedalus Press, 2015), The Fullness of Time: New and Selected Poems (Dedalus Press, 2010) and The Yellow River (with artwork by Seán McSweeney and published by Solstice Arts Centre, 2017). He is a member of Aosdána and Poetry Editor of The Irish Times.
The five titles on this year's shortlist, in alphabetical order, are:
The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx
The President of Planet Earth