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Jessica Traynor to judge Fingal Poetry Prize

The Fingal Poetry Prize is open for submissions until June 30

This year’s Fingal Poetry Prize is now open until June 30, with entries in English judged by acclaimed poet Jessica Traynor, whose most recent collection, Pit Lullabies (Bloodaxe), is a Poetry Society recommendation.

Entries in Irish will be judged by Paddy Bushe, and the competition is open internationally.

The winner will receive €500, with awards of €300 and €200 for runners up, and a prize-giving ceremony will take place in Skerries on Saturday 16 September.

Full guidelines of how to enter can be found here.

Listen to Jessica Traynor read from Pit Lullabies

Fingal Poetry Festival

The festival takes place on Friday the 15th and Saturday the 16th of September, beginning with Fingal Poetry Slam at Skerries Mills, followed by The Big Poetry Day Out on Saturday, with different events around the coastal town of Skerries.

How to get from event to event? The festival is working with the Active Travel Department in Fingal County Council to provide sustainable modes of transport for people coming to Skerries, and more details will follow in advance of the festival.

The full programme will launch soon, but in the meantime you can listen to some of the poets who took part last year on the Fingal Poetry Festival podcast.

Keep up to date with the latest news on the festival here.