Opportunities 8 October 2020
Poetry Ireland
"Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.
Kahlil Gibran

Welcome to Poetry Ireland's October Opportunities newsletter where we bring you the latest poetry competitions, an outline of available courses and workshops as well as some new poetry radio programmes and a great round up of some excellent poetry podcasts. 

We hope some or all will interest, entertain and, more importantly, distract you in the best ways possible over the coming months. 

Sit back, have a listen or why not put pen to paper, or fingers to the keyboard and enter yourself into a workshop or competition, or let a friend or family member know about it?

Until next time, stay safe and mind yourselves.

Poetry Ireland team

Radio programmes and poetry podcasts

Radio Programmes

The Poetry Programme
A new series of the Poetry Programme begins on RTÉ Radio 1 on Sunday 11 October at 7.30pm.

In the first programme, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, former Ireland Professor of Poetry, tells presenter Olivia O’Leary about finding a number of her husband Macdara Woods' poems on his computer following his death in 2018. She reads two poems from Last Poems and Two Tales from Co. Meath, published by Cyphers, including a short and humorous poem called ‘Schroedinger’s Cat’. You can listen to a short clip here

Eiléan also reads two poems, 'Intimations' and 'Key-Ring' on the programme, which also features Macdara reading one of his poems in an archive clip from 2016, when he was a guest on the Poetry Programme. 

The upcoming episode on 11 October also features Grace Wilentz, who is publishing her debut collection with the Gallery Press. She talks with Olivia about growing up in New York, her Jewish background, getting into poetry, and the loss of her parents when she was young. The programme ends by remembering the late Derek Mahon. 

Later in the series, you can look forward to hearing from poets including Maria McManus, Michael O'Loughlin and Doireann Ní Ghríofa, and items on haiku and on a new series of films featuring some of our newest poetic voices. More info on the show can be found here

The Lyric Feature - Bull Island Haiku
A poetic exploration of Dublin's Bull Island by poet Pat Boran. 
Listen back on the RTÉ Radio Player here

Poetry Podcasts

Unlaunched Books - listen back to 11 episodes of this podcast, which sets up conversations which might otherwise have been happening at festivals and events that had to be cancelled due to Covid-19. Poets John McAuliffe, Seán Hewitt and Victoria Kennefick host the episodes.

Poetry Unbound is a podcast brought to you by On Being. Immerse yourself in a single poem, guided by Pádraig Ó Tuama. Short and unhurried; contemplative and energising. 

Words Lightly Spoken is a weekly podcast of poetry from Ireland that's been running since January 2019.

Books for Breakfast - a weekly look at fiction and poetry hosted by poets and writers Peter Sirr and Enda Wyley.

Poetry Foundation has lots of podcasts and audio poems on its site.

Also check out Poetry Ireland's Soundcloud page and the Irish Poetry Reading Archive for lots of poems to listen to.


The London Magazine Poetry Prize 2020
Deadline: 12 October 2020

2020 Manchester Irish Language Writing Competition
Deadline: 23 October 2020

The Francis Ledwidge International Poetry Award 2020
Deadline: 5 November 2020

Anthology Magazine Poetry Prize
Deadline: 30 November 2020

Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition
Deadline: 30 November 2020

The Moth Poetry Prize
Deadline: 31 December 2020

Rhyme Rag
For kids and teens
Deadline: 31 December 2020

8th Ó Bhéal International Five Words Poetry Competition
Deadline: 26 January 2021

New Irish Writing
Has returned weekly to the Irish Independent - ongoing entries


Poetry Mentoring with Ciarán O'Driscoll

Six Week Poetry Appreciation Course with poet Ciarán O'Driscoll
Deadline: 14 October 2020

An Fhéile Bheag Filíochta: Ceardlanna Filíochta Ar-líne / Online Poetry Workshops
Deadline: 7 November 2020

Online Self-Publishing Workshop
Deadline: 20 November 2020

Online Poetry Workshop at the Dingle Literature Festival
Deadline: 21 November 2020

Online Poetry Workshops with Annemarie Ní Churreáin
Deadline: 25 November 2020

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