Jane Clarke & Miriam Gamble shortlisted for the Pigott Poetry Prize
For the second year running, two of the three titles shortlisted for Ireland's richest poetry award, the Pigott Poetry Prize, are published by UK publisher Bloodaxe Books.
When the Tree Falls
by Jane Clarke and What Planet
by Miriam Gamble have been shortlisted for the 2020 Pigott Poetry Prize. The Award is worth €10,000 to the winner and €1,000 to each runner-up. The third title on the shortlist is Pigeon Songs
by Eoghan Walls. Last year's three-strong shortlist included Leanne O'Sullivan's A Quarter of an Hour
and Ailbhe Darcy's Insistence
, the latter going on to be named winner.
County Wicklow-based Jane Clarke's second full-length collection When the Tree Falls
was shortlisted for two other Irish poetry prizes - the Irish Times
Poetry Now Award and the Farmgate Café National Poetry Award 2020. It was also longlisted for the Royal Society of Literature's Ondaatje Prize 2020, the annual award for a distinguished work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry, evoking the spirit of a place. Her debut collection The River
was the first poetry book ever to be shortlisted for this award.
is the third collection by Edinburgh-based Northern Irish poet Miriam Gamble. She reads and introduces six poems from What Planet
in a film posted on her title page. Her first book-length collection, The Squirrels Are Dead
(Bloodaxe Books, 2010), won her a Somerset Maugham Award in 2011. This was followed by her 2014 collection Pirate Music
Adjudicator and poet Ian McMillan selected the shortlist of three on behalf of Listowel Writers’ Week. He writes:
“In terrible and turbulent times poetry can offer us a map out of lockdown and social distancing. Judging the competition reminded me of the power of language to enchant, to stimulate and to comfort. So many Irish poets are working at the height of their powers, wrestling with language to make it fit the world we live in, and it’s been marvellous to be part of that ongoing endeavour.”
The winner of the Pigott Poetry Prize will be announced online on 27 May 2020.
Full details of the award are on Listowel Writers' Week's website here
Jane Clarke was interviewed on RTE Radio 1's Arena
on 19 May. She read poems from and talked about her shortlisted collection. Listen here
presented a half-hour feature The Miners’ Way
for BBC Radio 4. This first aired on Sunday 3 May 2020, and was chosen for Radio 4's Pick of the Week
the same day. It featured a poem from When the Tree Falls
, along with a new sequence of poems written especially for the programme. More here: https://www.bloodaxebooks.com/news?articleid=1025
[13 May 2020]
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