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News Archive for July, 2013

Competition #6: Poetic lyric, please!

Posted on 29 Jul 2013

This week we’d like you to think back (or presently!) and tell us the most poetic song lyric you have ever heard. This week’s prize will be a signed edition of art publication Travelogue, titled ‘The Last Travelogue of Joseph M.’ by Stephen Brandes, plus a summer edition of Poetry Ireland Review.

Answers by August 4 please, to info@thepoetryproject.ie

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Winner announced…

Congratulations to John Saunders!














Competition #5: Answer our series of riddles… (The answers are all poets!)

Posted on 24 Jul 2013

‘Overview’ by Macdara Woods is a night time meditation. To keep you up at night, this week’s competition is a series of riddles – the answers are all poets, and the prize, a copy of Contemporary Irish Poetry, edited by Paul Muldoon, will be drawn from the correct entries.

Answer all 5!

1. In the cold I make patterns on the grass, and lovely tracery on the glass.
2. In the sun I lay to dream, with no use for factor cream.
3. As a poet I had great fame, but always thought it a great shame, to hear the anagram of my name.
4. In the theatre, not caring a bit – that my seat was in the gallery, but my feet in the pit.
5. On a lake isle, which nobody hates, a fellow asked me “are you the poet, Mr…”?

Answers by July 28 please, to info@thepoetryproject.ie


Winner announced…

Congratulations to Margaret O’Driscoll!

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Competition #4: Tell us what sight, smell or taste takes you back in time…?

Posted on 24 Jul 2013

This week’s poem is ‘A Navy Skirt’, by Thomas McCarthy, in which, like Proust’s famous madeleines, the sight of a skirt on the floor takes the poet back in time.
So to win this week’s prize – a one year subscription to Ireland’s Poetry Review magazine – tell us what sight, smell or taste takes you back in time.

Answers by July 21 please, to info@thepoetryproject.ie


Winner announced…

Congratulations to Linda Saccoccio!


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Competition #3: Which line of poetry, lyric or phrase gets stuck in your head…?!

Posted on 15 Jul 2013

This week’s poem is ‘Tinnitus’, by John McAuliffe,  so for our competition we’d like you to tell us which line of poetry, lyric or phrase gets stuck in your head … and our winner will be gifted a Patron-level Friendship of the Royal Hibernian Academy, worth €150!

Answers by July 14 please, to info@thepoetryproject.ie



Winner announced…

Congratulations to Phil Dunne!



Competition #2: Tell us your most fabulous/interesting/intriguing words!

Posted on 9 Jul 2013

We are taking a cue from this weeks poem ‘Cothú’ by Gabriel Rosenstock…

An Ghiofógais atá ar ghráinneog?                  /              The Romany for a hedgehog?
Parchywechy!                             /              Parchywechy!

Tell us the most fabulous/interesting/intriguing words you have heard on your travels, english or otherwise and their translation.

Our prize this weeek is a Summer 2013 edition of the Poetry Ireland Review, essential reading for all those who love poetry!

Answers by July 7 please, to info@thepoetryproject.ie



Winner announced…

Congratulations to Brenda Kane!

Churumbel – Spanish – baby or small child




Why Brenda chose ‘churumbel’…
“It is a word that sounds onomatopoeic, noisy at first, then softening into beauty, just like a child!”


The Poetry Project visits Kinsale Arts Festival, July 2013!

Posted on 4 Jul 2013

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The cohabitation of poetry sound and video image in this unique project is a frontier and daring teasing of the boundaries of these art forms. It is another unique example of the gently persuasive powers of arts combined

Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht


Featuring work by Ireland’s leading contemporary artists and poets including Alice Maher, Bernard O’Donoghue, Derek Mahon, Brendan Kennelly, Thomas Kinsella, Diana Copperwhite, Paula Meehan, Cleá van der Grijn, Ailbhe Ní Bhriain and more.


IMG_4560Art curated by Gemma Tipton and Patrick T. Murphy

Poetry curated by Gerard Smyth and Joseph Woods

Celebrating Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of Europe, the Poetry Project has been bringing a little joy to the inbox of thousands of subscribers across Ireland and beyond since January 1, 2013. Every Monday morning for the duration of the Presidency, the project has paired contemporary art videos with poetry in an astonishing blend of Ireland’s literary and visual creativity.

Commissioned by Kinsale Arts Festival in partnership with Poetry Ireland and the Royal Hibernian Academy, the Poetry Project has been seen by thousands of people in more than one hundred countries. Now see all the videos and poems collected together for the first time.

Supported by Culture Ireland with additional support from Foras na Gaeilge.

Preview Sat 6 July (10-5pm)

Competition #1: The Irish Poem Is… in visual form!

Posted on 2 Jul 2013

The Poetry Project  will be screened at the wonderful Kinsale Arts Festival, from July 6 to 14, in the beautiful south west of Ireland, so if you want an amazing cultural experience, look no further than Kinsale.

Plus: win more prizes with the Poetry Project.

To celebrate the event, we have another great competition, this time to win tickets to see Irish poet Leontia Flynn at the Festival, plus a Festival Friendship worth €150. Last time round we asked you for your words on The Irish Poem Is. This time, we’d love those thoughts in visual form – so send an image to info@thepoetryproject.ie, and we’ll select the lucky winner. Deadline June 30.



Winner announced…

Congratulations to Fionnuala Broughan!

… rooted in its place of origin; open to all.


... rooted in its place of origin; open to all.