Dane Holt announced as winner of the Ireland Chair of Poetry 2023 Travel Award

The Ireland Chair of Poetry are delighted to announce Dane Holt as the recipient of the 2023 Ireland Chair of Poetry Travel Award. Dane will receive an award of £2,000 to facilitate his journey to Paris, France.

Commenting on this year’s Travel Award the adjudication panel, comprised of the Trustees together with the current Ireland Chair of Poetry, Professor Paul Muldoon, had this to say:

“We are delighted to present the Travel Award to Dane Holt, who recently completed his PhD in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Queen’s University. The award will enable him to travel to Paris to engage with the work of the French avant-garde writer Georges Perec, author of An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris (1975). We are confident that Dane Holt will not exhaust the possibilities of responding to the experience of sitting in a café in San-Sulpice Square for 3 hours on 3 different days – what he describes as “a radical act of concentration” – but take his already highly developed artistry to a new level.”


Dane Holt’s pamphlet Many Professional Wrestlers Never Retire was published by Lifeboat Press. His poems have appeared in Poetry Ireland ReviewTrumpetThe White ReviewAnthropoceneManchester Reviewbath magg, Stand, and elsewhere.He is poetry editor for The Tangerine, a Belfast-based magazine of new writing.