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dlr Arts is delighted to offer an opportunity for local people to get creative and write a poem during the Lockdown in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. The theme is open for you to decide. With fantastic prizes and categories for children, young people and adults it’s time to get writing!

For more information on how to enter please click here

The closing date is the 26th of May 2020 at 5pm.

This project is generously funded by Creative Ireland as part of dlr’s Creative Ireland programme 2020.

dlr LIbraries are simultaneously running a Short Story writing competition. For information on dlr Libraries competition please click here.

The Short Story competition closing date is 5pm on May 29th 2020.


The Judges have kindly made some videos with tips and prompts for entering the Local Voices Poetry Competition.

Jessica Traynor

Poet and creative writing teacher Jessica Traynor is our judge for young adults in the Local Voices Poetry Competition. Here are some tips and prompts from Jessica.


Paul Perry

Poet, author and Head of Creative Writing in UCD, Paul Perry is our Haiku judge in the Local Voices Poetry Competition.


Katie Donovan

Poetry tips from writer and creative writing teacher Katie Donovan who is our adult entry judge in the Local Voices Poetry Competition.


Lucinda Jacob

Children’s writer and illustrator, Lucinda Jacob is our judge for children in the Local Voices Poetry Competition.