After many hours of judging, the Red Line Book Festival is delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2018 Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition.
The 2018 judge, esteemed poet Adam Wyeth, chose 15 poems from 12 poets for the shortlist, stating that the shortlist are his favourite poems from the fine work that was submitted to this year’s festival.
The shortlist, in alphabetical order by surname, is as follows:
Conor Cleary - Fizz
Conor Cleary - The Stove
Simon Costello - Cityscape
Simon Costello - Calm Before
John Paul Davies - Charles Bukowski is My Lodger
Daniel Galvin - Muse
Eoin Hegarty - Voyager
Séan Kelly - July
Séan Kelly - Storm
Linda McKenna - Unsettled
Maeve McKenna - Portrait
David Murphy - Bolivia
Jac Shortland - from a kid… to my kids… to grandkids
Breda Spaight - My Mother Returns from Hospital
Glen Wilson - Seskinore
The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be revealed as part of the Red Line Book Festival’s Poetry Evening, which will be an evening of two halves: the first, will be the launch of the chapbook, Red Lines: Poems from the Red Line Book Festival, which collects highlights from the first five years of the festival, with many of those poets reading their work at the event; and the second will be our poetry awards, where the three winners will be revealed and all shortlisted poets will also be invited to read their work.
This event takes place in the Civic Theatre, Tallaght on Wednesday 10th October at 6pm, and is free but ticketed (to book, go here).
Congratulations to all those shortlisted, and come join us on the 10th October to see who scoops the big prize!