Michael Hartnett Annual Poetry Award 2016
Gradam Bliantúil Filíochta i gCuimhne ar Mhícheál Ó hAirtnéide 2016
This is the 15th year of this award to mark Michael Hartnett’s contribution to literature in English and Irish. Each year the award alternates between Irish and English and this year the award was for a volume of poetry in English.
This year’s adjudicators Rita Ann Higgins and Gerard Smyth selected poets John McAuliffe and Doireann Ní Ghríofa as joint winners of this year’s Michael Hartnett Poetry Award.
John McAuliffe's collection 'The Way In' (Gallery Press 2015) and Doireann Ni Ghríofa's 'Clasp' (Dedalus Press 2015) hugely impressed the judges.
The two poets will share a prize fund of €4000 which is sponsored jointly by Limerick City and County Council Arts Office and the Arts Council.
Previous winners of this prestigious award include Julie O'Callaghan, Vona Groarke, Kerry Hardie, Sinead Morrissey, Paddy Bushe, Maurice Riordan, Aine Ni Fhoghlu, James Harpur, Peter Sirr, Mark Roper and Jo Slade.
The Michael Hartnett Poetry Awards were presented to both poets on the opening night of Éigse Michael Hartnett in Newcastle West 14-16 April 2016.
Further details on the festival from: www.eigsemichaelhartnett.ie