Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Office announce the judges for the Irish Times and Strong/Shine Poetry Awards at Poetry Now /Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival 3rd- 8th September 2013.
Peter Sirr, Mary O'Donnell and Ruth Webster have been announced as the judges of the 2013 Irish Times Poetry Now Award.
The Irish Times Poetry Now Award celebrates the best collection of poems published by an Irish poet in 2012. Previous winners include Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon , Dorothey Molloy, Harry Clifton and Sinead Morrissey. The winner will receive €2,500. The shortlist will be announced on the www.mountainstosea.ie and in The Irish Times during the summer .
Poet Billy Ramsell will judge the Strong/Shine Award which is presented annually to the author of the best first collection of poems published by an Irish poet in the previous year. The Strong/Shine Award is part of Poetry Now at Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival and serves to recognise the promise and achievement of both English and Irish language poets.
Previous winners of the Award include Dave Lordan, Peadar Ó hUallaigh and Grace Wells. The short-listed nominees will read at the Strong Reading during the Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival 2013 and the prize-winner will receive €1,000.
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Peter Sirr works as a freelance writer, editor and translator, and is Guest Translator in the M.Phil in Literary Translation in Trinity College. The Gallery Press has published his poetry collections Marginal Zones (1984), Talk, Talk (1987), Ways of Falling (1991), The Ledger of Fruitful Exchange (1995), Bring Everything (2000), Selected Poems (2204) and Nonetheless (2004). Wake Forest University Press published his Selected Poems in 2006. His most recent collection is The Thing Is (2009), for which he received the Michael Hartnett Award. A regular critic and essayist, he has also written drama for radio and a novel for children. He lives in Dublin with his wife, the poet Enda Wyley, and their daughter Freya. His websites are petersirr.com and petersirr.blogspot.com
Mary O’Donnell’s first three poetry collections were published by Salmon Poetry. Other collections include September Elegies (Lapwing Press, Belfast 2003) and her selected poems, The Place of Miracles (New Island, 2006). The Ark Builders, appeared from Arc Publications UK in 2009, followed by an anthology of Galician poetry in translation – To the Winds Our Sails: Irish Poets Translate Galician Poetry – which she co-edited with Dr. Manuela Palacios, from Salmon Poetry. Her Selected Poems were published in Hungarian in 2011 and she was recently the co-winner of the Irodälmi Jelen translation prize. She has also written three novels and two collections of short fiction, and her satirical novel The Maeve will be published in September this year. She has judged the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Hennessy Literary Award and the Strokestown International Poetry Competition. A member of Aosdana, she teaches creative writing in poetry at NUI Maynooth.
Ruth Webster has been a bookseller for most of her working life, firstly in APCK in Dawson St and for the last 25 years in Books Upstairs in College Green, during which time Ruth has been privileged to look after the Poetry sections. Books Upstairs has been the dlr Poetry Now bookseller for many years. 'This has been a wonderful experience for me,' says Ruth. 'Being part of an International Poetry Festival, meeting so many poets and listening to their work. I am on the board of Poetry Ireland also, another great experience for me, I have great respect for their sterling work promoting poetry to every corner of Ireland. Most of all poetry means a great deal to me.'
Billy Ramsell was born in Cork in 1977 and educated at the North Monastery and UCC. Complicated Pleasures, his first collection, was published by the Dedalus Press, Dublin, in 2007. He has been shortlisted for a Hennessy award and a Strong award. He has been invited to read his work at many festivals around the world; most recently in Shanghai and in San Francisco. He lives in Cork where he co-runs an educational publishing company .
The dlr Strong/Shine award is awarded in memory of Rupert and Eithne Strong and is made possible by the generous support of Shine. Shine is the national organisation dedicated to upholding the rights and addressing the needs of all those affected by mental ill health. Shine provides support groups counselling services, resource centres and educational courses for people with mental health problems as well as their family members and carers.