Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition Shortlist Announced

23 Sep, 2019

Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition Shortlist Announced

After many hours of judging by esteemed poet Nell Regan, the Red Line Book Festival is delighted to announce our shortlist for the 2019 Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition. The shortlisted poems, in alphabetical order by title, are:

“A Guide to the Items Recovered from the Stomach of the Last Wild Whale” by Rory Duffy
“All I Ever Wanted” by Padhraig Nolan
“Gathering” by Nithy Kasa
“Hampstead” by Angela Finn
“In the Gardens of the Renaissance” by Kevin McDermott
“Peacocks” by Gavan Duffy
“Repossession” by Alan Weadick
“Secrets of a Cartographer’s Wife” by Katrina Dybzynska
“Sky Burial on a Peckham High-Rise” by Jessamine O’Connor
“The Quiet Ones” by Alan Weadick
“To the Others / Grandchildren” by Susana Galbraith
“Whenever My Dad Read to Me” by Jac Shortland


The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be revealed as part of the Red Line Book Festival’s Poetry Night, which will be an evening of two halves; the first, How to Get Ahead in Poetry, is hosted by poet Angela T. Carr in conversation with leading Irish poetry publishers, Jessie Lendennie (Salmon), Lisa Frank and John Walsh (Doire) and Peter Fallon (Gallery Press); the second half 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 9th October at 6pm, and is free but ticketed (to book, go here).

Congratulations to all those shortlisted, and come join us on the 9th October to see who scoops the big prize!