The Irish Times Poetry Now Award

Date: Saturday March 24th
Venue: Studio Theatre, dlr LexIcon
Time: 12:30pm

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 research interests are primarily in British and Irish Poetry of the 20th and 21st centuries; she also have an interest in the literature and culture of the First World War, literary modernism, and in war writing throughout the 20th century. 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, which received a bursary from the Irish Arts Council and was shortlisted for a Forward Prize, and his most recent book The Way In received the Michael Hartnett Award in Spring 2016.  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 previously taught at a number of Irish universities and was Visiting Heimbold Chair in Irish Studies at Villanova University in 2010.With Ian McGuire, he founded the Centre for New Writing in 2007. He runs the online poetry digest, The Page, and, in 2013, began a regular poetry column for The Irish Times. He is a member of The Arts Council.

Gerard Smyth

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 was the 2012 recipient of the O’Shaughnessy Poetry Award and is co-editor, with Pat Boran, of If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song (Dedalus Press) which was Dublin’s One City One Book in 2013. He is a member of Aosdána and Poetry Editor of The Irish Times.