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dlr Arts hosted a poetry competition and was delighted to receive some amazing entries. The judges had a tough job deciding but I'm sure you will agree selected some very worthy winners. Thanks to everyone who took the time to enter and a big congratulations to all our winners!

This project was generously funded by Creative Ireland.

Adult: Judged by Katie Donovan

Winner: Caroline Bracken for Boy on the Edge

Runner Up: Angela Finn for Flower Moon, Redasdale: May 2020

Special Mention to Rody Gorman

Haiku: Judged by Paul Perry

Winner: Frances Browner for Lockdown

Runner Up: Caroline Bracken for West Pier, Dún Laoghaire

Young Adult: Judged by Jessica Traynor

Winner: Eva Coady for The Sky's Ever Changing Colour

Runner Up: Charlie Roycroft Byrne for Ceramics Class

Special Mentions to Kerrie Begley, Alannah Foy and Clodagh Stiobhairt

Under 12's: Judged by Lucinda Jacob

Winner: Eva Valentina Mulvee for The Glass Box

Runner Up: Daniel Grant for The Spirit That Wasn't There

Special Mention to Reuban O'Siochain

To read the winning entries please click here

The judges provided us with some videos with tips for writing poetry. Even though the competition is over these are really helpful for anyone starting to write poetry or wanting to improve their skills.

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.