Well, the results are in – and were announced last Sunday night at the closing of this year’s festival. One of the shortlisted poets, Robert E. Wilson, was here at the festival to read his own poem and the other six were read by members of the Curlew Theatre Company. We were amazed and delighted to receive over 160 entries which came from all over the world. The winning entry “Sweet Intertidal Flesh” came from Jenny Blackford in Australia who wins the first prize of €250, and second place goes to Shara Lessley from the USA who will receive a cheque for €100 for her poem “Blue Mussels”. The seven shortlisted poems are shown here along with judge Eamon Grennan’s adjudication and explanation for his choices.
5 Honorable Mentions (in no particular order)
‘The Mighty Mussel’
by Robert E. Wilson, Co. Antrim
‘Mussels for Muscles’
by Jennifer Herron, N. Ireland
by Afric McGlinchy, originally from Galway now living in Cork.
‘All In a Row’
by Kaytie Rose Thomas, from South Carolina but living in Aberdeen, Scotland
by Niamh O’Farrell-Tyler, Ireland