Opportunities 25 June 2020
Poetry Ireland
"jasmine air
scent of yesterdays receding
as vespers close to silence,
lilac tames the sun-flamed roses
tucks in their blowsy ripeness
dusk brings peace to colours warring
in the flower beds
darkness watches from beyond the neighbour’s wall." 
From 'A Promise Made', Sighle Meehan, Poetry Ireland Review 127

This week's Opportunities newsletter brings you competitions, a call for submission for kids & teens and an update on appointments at Poetry Ireland. 

We also share info about the Behind the Lines video series, which was developed to engage Leaving Cert students with poems on the curriculum but also appeals to a much wider audience of poetry lovers.

Until next time, stay safe and mind yourselves.

Poetry Ireland team


Appointments at Poetry Ireland

Poetry Ireland is pleased to announce the appointment of Niamh O’Donnell as the new Director of Poetry Ireland. She will step down from her current position as Artistic Director of Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre to take up the role in mid-August.

“It is an incredible honour to be given this opportunity to work with the team in Poetry Ireland, and to play a part in further enhancing its contribution to the image, reputation, health and cultural wealth of the country," said Niamh.

“We live in such uncertain times. All over the world, artists have taken to social media to connect with and console us. In Ireland, during this current crisis, our politicians have drawn repeatedly on the strengthening words of our poets, while our poet-president has written a poem of reassurance for his citizens. Poets, as artists, are noble observers. In the face of uncertainty, art offers potential paths through difficult and complex issues. In return, we must ensure we fully value our artists.

“We have an opportunity now to think deeply about what is important to us, to consider what is essential. As we heal, art offers hope, an essential component in any recovery. The arts unquestionably enrich and enhance our lives during the good times but in times of crisis, they can play a vital role in our restoration and revival.” 

Poetry Ireland is also delighted to welcome new appointees to its board of directors: Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh and Felicia Olusanya. 

Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh is an Irish-language poet, the recipient of the Michael Hartnett Award and the Lawrence O'Shaughnessy Award for Poetry, and she lectures in Modern Irish at University College Cork. Felicia Olusanya (Felispeaks) is a poet, performer and playwright, a member of Dublin City Council's Culture Company Advisory Panel and a member of the poetry collective 'We are Griot'.

Earlier this month, we announced that Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan has been appointed as the first guest editor of Trumpet, Poetry Ireland's literary pamphlet packed with reviews, essays, and strong opinions. 

Chandrika is a published poet and is currently Marketing and Development Manager with Fishamble Theatre Company. She will edit Issue 9 of Trumpet, due for publication this autumn. 

Behind the Lines video series

We've been sharing videos from the Behind the Lines series over the past few weeks - but if you've missed any, you can catch up over on our website (with a couple more still to come!)

Behind the Lines is an initiative of the Poetry Ireland Poet in Residence to engage Leaving Cert students with poems and poets on their English and Irish courses. Writers read their poems, which are on the Leaving Cert curriculum, and discuss their inspiration and imagery, contextualising the work in a personal way that enriches the experience of students.

Other writers explore favourite poets on the curriculum, from Emily Dickinson to Francis Ledwidge, bringing their own poetic sensibility to bear on their chosen work.

While the videos were developed for Leaving Cert students, they appeal to a wide audience of those interested in poetry, who enjoy getting a glimpse behind the lines of well known poems.



Wells Festival of Literature's Competitions
Deadline: 30 June 2020

Manchester Cathedral Poetry Competition 2020
Deadline: 30 June 2020

Fingal Poetry Prize
Deadline: 30 June 2020

Poets Meet Politics International Open Poetry Competition
Deadline: 28 July 2020

Bring Your Limericks to Limerick Competition
Deadline: 31 July 2020

Anthology Magazine Short Story Competition
Deadline: 31 July 2020

Dalkey Creates Writing Competition
Deadline: 2 August 2020

Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition
Deadline: 31 August 2020

The 8th Annual Ó Bhéal International Poetry-Film Competition
Deadline: 31 August 2020

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award
Deadline: 31 August 2020

The Moth Nature Writing Prize
Deadline: 15 September 2020

The Moth Poetry Prize
Deadline: 31 December 2020

Kids & Teens

Rhyme Rag
Deadline: 31 December 2020

Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Square East, Dublin 1
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