The Irish Times Poetry Now Award 2008
DLR Poetry Now – International Poetry Festival
Thursday 3rd – Sunday 6th April 2008
The Irish Times Poetry Now Award is presented annually to the author of the best single volume of poems published by an Irish poet or an Irish publisher in the previous year.
The shortlist of 5 titles will be announced in January 2008 and the winner will be announced at the DLR Poetry Now Festival which takes place from the 3rd – 6th April 2008. The prize-winner will receive €5000.
The judges for The Irish Times DLR Poetry Now Award 2008 are Philip Coleman, Sasha Dugdale and William Wall.
Philip Coleman is a lecturer in the School of English, Trinity College Dublin, where he is also director of the MPhil in Literatures of the Americas. A collection of essays entitled “After Thirty Falls”: New Essays on John Berryman was published this year and his book-length study of Berryman will be published by UCD Press in 2008.
Sasha Dugdale is a poet and translator. Her two collections Notebook (2000) and The Estate (2003) were published by Carcanet/Oxford Poets and she won an Eric Gregory Award for poems from the first collection. Her new translations of the poet Elena Shvarts Bird Song on the Seabed will published by Bloodaxe in Spring 2008.
William Wall is a novelist, poet and short-story writer. He has published two collections of poetry, most recently Fahrenheit Says Nothing To Me; four novels including This Is The Country which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2005 and No Paradiso (2006) a collection of short fiction.
"Since 2005 the Irish Times DLR Poetry Now Award has been a lens through which the rich and varied field of new poetry in Ireland has come into sharp and satisfying focus. This year's panel is comprised of a trio of brilliant readers and writers who have placed poetry and its complexities - and its pleasures - at the centre of their working and their thinking. Between them, I'm certain they'll produce a finely-tuned and a memorable shortlist, and a fitting and deserving final name."
Belinda McKeon Curator DLR Poetry Now
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