Ballyferriter poet wins major national award

A BALLYFERRITER-based poet and writer has received national recognition at this year's Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Awards.

Dubliner David McLoghlin came to West Kerry on a cycling holiday with friends in 1992.

" I just fell in love with the place and the people and wanted to move away from the city. It took a while but I managed to move here in 2006 and spent most of that year writing after being awarded an Arts Council bursary. I got another bursary from Kerry Councty Council last year which allowed me to spend some time in the Tyrone Guthrie centre in Monaghan which was an interesting experience," he told The Kerryman.

The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award, now in its 37th year has been given in the past to many poets who have gone on to make considerable reputations for themselves. It is in many ways the most crucial award in Irish poetry, since it honours and recognises poets at the beginning of their careers.

David submitted a collection of 20 poems for the annual competition under the collective title of 'Waiting for Saint Brendan' and took second place.

Summing up his entry the judges said: "These are big, ambitious, sometimes sprawling poems, rich in narrative and in detail, an autobiography of sorts, where the voyaging soul is concerned to find home and meaning in a dialogue between self and other. Like Saint Brendan, the author seems to understand that if home is where you set out from, home is also where you hope to find journey's end".

David is delighted with the win and is currently looking for a publisher for the collection.He is also writing a novel which he hopes to have published. Further information at: competition.htm