The winner of this year’s Irish Times Poetry Now award is Eileán Ní Chuilleanáin, former Ireland Chair of Poetry.
Ní Chuilleanáin received the award for her the work of her tenth collection The Mother House, published by Gallery Press.
Ní Chuilleanáin had been due to be presented with the €2,000 prize at the Mountains to Sea festival however the festival was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The three judges for the award included the current editor of Poetry Ireland Review, Colette Bryce, Scotland’s national poet laureate, Jackie Kay, and anthologist and author of poetry text books for students, Niall Mac Monagle.
The other poets on the shortlist for this year’s award were Vona Groarke for Double Negative (Gallery Press), Jane Clarke for When The Tree Falls (Bloodaxe), Medhbh McGuckian for Marine Cloud Brightening (Gallery Press), and Paul Muldoon for Frolic and Detour (Faber & Faber).