Omeath based writer wins Kavanagh award
OMEATH resident Rafiq Kathwari has become the first non-Iriesh person to win the prestigious Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award.
A graduate from the University of Kashmir, India, Rafiq also holds a MA in Political Science from the New University, New York and a MA in Creative Writing from Columbia University.
Rafiq's collection of 20 unpublished poems 'In Another Country', was selected for the coveted award from over one hundred contestants from across the world.
He has been writing poems and essays for the last 30 years, and has translated selected Urdu poems.
Most of his working life has been spent with Ethan Allen, a large manufacturer and retailer of home furnishings based in the United States. He has also worked as photojournalist.
The Kavanagh award, which is now in its 41st year is given for a first unpublished collection of poems in English and is open to poets born in Ireland, of Irish nationality, or long-term resident in Ireland.
Previous winners of the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry award include Eilean Ni Chuilleanain, Paul Durcan, Thomas McCarthy, Peter Sirr, Sinead Morrissey, Conor O'Callaghan, Celia de Freine and Joseph Woods.