Poetry prize in motion

PUBLISHED poets will be delighted to hear that Listowel Writers' Week has just created a new prize in its ongoing mission to support the work of creative writers everywhere - thanks to a US philanthropist with deep family links to Listowel as well as a great fondness for Irish poetry.

Philanthropist Mark Piggott came to the aid of the festival with the establishment of the €5,000 Pigott Poetry Prize. It's for books of poetry published by Irish writers between January 1, 2013, and February 28, 2014, and will be presented to the winner on the opening night of the festival on May 28 next. British Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, is one of the two judges of the prize - along with journalist John Boland.

"This prize is a wonderful recognition of Ireland's unique literary heritage," Festival Chairman Sean Lyons said. "We thank Mark Pigott KBE and the Pigott family for their creative vision and generosity."

Chairman and CEO of PACCAR Inc - a multinational company behind some of the biggest names in articulated-lorry manufacturing - Mr Pigott said, "it is a blessing to be able to support this wonderful literary award and recognise the leading poets of Ireland."

"My family originated from Listowel and emigrated to the US in the late 1890s. We are very pleased to support the arts and sciences in Ireland and look forward to many years of recognising these very talented Irish poets."

All books of poetry must be submitted to Writers' Week before April 1, 2014. :Log onto www.writersweek.ie for more details.


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