The Listowel Writers' Week

Irish Poem of the Year

2019 Shortlist

The An Post Irish Book Awards 2019 shortlists have been announced!

We’re delighted to share the shortlist for the Listowel Writers’ Week Poem of the Year 2019.

More than 100 entries were received this year and anonymously adjudicated by Richard Skinner, Director of the Fiction Programme at the Faber Academy.


The Shortlist

Richard had the unenviable task of choosing a shortlist of four poems:

Dear Sean by Paul McMahon

Salt Rain by Audrey Molloy

The Kerchief by Christine Broe

Pine box at the Flea Market by Dean Browne


Commended Entries

In addition to the four shortlisted poems, Richard also issued special commendation to:

Rebellion/Uprising by Andrew Soye

Redwing by Eleanor Hooker

Midwinter by Jessica Traynor


How to vote

Voting is open for the Listowel Writers’ Week Poem of the Year until 6pm on November 13th.

The winners of the An Post Irish Book Awards will be announced on November 20th 2019.