It was announced at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, last Thursday, Nov 2nd, at the unveiling of the 2017 shortlists, that Dungarvan poet, Clodagh Beresford Dunne, features on a list of four poets nominated for the Listowel Writers’ Week “Irish Poem of the Year” category in The Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards.
Now in its twelfth year, the Irish Book Awards were founded to celebrate and promote Irish writing, to the widest range of readers possible.
Each year it brings together a huge community passionate about books and writing – readers, authors, bookseller, publishers and librarians – to recognise and celebrate the very best of Irish writing talent.
The public are invited to vote for their favourite poem, before midnight on the 21st November, and the winner will be announced at a televised awards ceremony, in Dublin, on November 28th.
Clodagh Beresford Dunne, whose nominated poem “Seven Sugar Cubes” appeared in the The Irish Times last April, has been the recipient of a number of literature awards and bursaries from the Waterford City and County Arts Office and Art Links, and in 2016 she received the Arts Council of Ireland Emerging-Writer Award. Her poems have appeared in Irish and international print and online journals and she has given readings and interviews about her poetry in several universities in the USA.
She lives in Dungarvan with her husband and four children, and is currently assembling her first full collection for publication.