The Mother House cover - Eiléan Ni ChuilleanáinEileán Ní Chuilleanáin is this year’s winner of the Irish Times Poetry Now Award for her 2019 collection, The Mother House.

Poems in The Mother House “are rich and generous and rewarding. Reading them expands our understanding, they remind us of what poetry can do in terms of words and ideas. They sustain us.” — Niall MacMonagle

Presentation of the €2,000 prize was due to be made at the Mountains to Sea festival in the dlr Lexicon in Dún Laoghaire but it was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The other shortlisted poets were:
Jane Clarke for When The Tree Falls (Bloodaxe),
Vona Groarke for Double Negative (Gallery Press),
Medbh McGuckian for Marine Cloud Brightening (Gallery Press), and
Paul Muldoon for Frolic and Detour (Faber & Faber).

The three judges were Colette Bryce, Jackie Kay and Niall MacMonagle.

Read the Irish Times article here.

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