Sunday, January 17, 2021

Trim Poetry Competition Shortlist 2021

This is the short list of ten in alphabetical order. 

The winner and two runners-up will be revealed on Sunday next 24 January. 

Echolocation                                                  Marian Oxley              England          

hunter, gatherer                                              Mary Mulholland        England          

In the Republic of Nuns                                 Karen McDonnell       Clare               

Je ne regrette rien                                           Siobhán Flynn             Dublin            

Normal People                                                Frank Murphy             Meath             

The Conspiracy of Silence                             Ojo Taiye                    Nigeria                       

The Edge of the State                                     Trish Bennett              Fermanagh     

The High Garden                                            Caimin Rooney           Dublin            

The Invisible House                                        Brian Kirk                   Dublin           

to make a doll                                                 Angus Strachan           England

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Competition Long List

 Below we reveal the titles (in alphabetical order) of the thirty poems which have been selected by judge, Jean O’Brien, as a long list from the over 350 poems entered in the 2021 Trim Poetry Competition. 

Congratulation to the poets whose poems are here but also to all who entered. Jean commented on how high the standard was and how difficult her task was. We would like to thank Jean for her efficient judging of the competition. The long list is a tribute to her familiarity with and appreciation of the wide variety of poetic possibilities with poems of many and varied styles and forms included. 


Census         Clare O'Reilly Kildare

Chalk Circle         Máirín O'Grady Dublin

Chang Cheng         Amy Barry Westmeath

Day Room Days         Lynda Tavakoli Down

Echolocation         Marian Oxley England

Excision                 Daragh Byrne Australia

Flints         Anna Forbes Scotland

hunter, gatherer         Mary Mulholland England 

In the Republic of Nuns  Karen McDonnell Clare

Je ne regrette rien         Siobhán Flynn Dublin

Jocelyn Bell Burnell Speaks ... Derek Sellen England

Leaning In         Peggy McCarthy Waterford

Learning to Smoke and Other Things Bernie Crawford Galway

Love         Bernie Crawford Galway

Normal People         Frank Murphy Meath

Ode to My Vocation Boswell Partridge USA

Plague Years         Peter Branson England

Poem for my Grand-daughter David Punter UK

River Bird, Know Your Place Ojo Taiye Nigeria

Rock Pool         George Hopewell England

Season of Brigid         Anne Casey Australia

Sing It         Peadar O'Donoghue Wicklow

the ABCDery of mother’s gardening Angus Strachan England

The Conspiracy of Silence Ojo Taiye Nigeria

The Edge of the State Trish Bennett Fermanagh

The High Garden         Caimin Rooney Dublin

The Invisible House Brian Kirk Dublin

The New Math         Boswell Partridge USA

to make a doll          Angus Strachan England

Wishbone         Sighle Meehan Galway

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Trim Poetry Competition Update

Our judge, Jean O'Brien, is finalizing her selections of listed and winners in the 2021 Trim Poetry Competition. We hope to be able to announce a long list of twenty by 10 January and then the short list in a week or two after that. The exact format of a prizegiving is still uncertain but obviously there won't be any physical Trim Poetry Festival or prizegiving at the end of March 2021. 

Friday, October 2, 2020

Trim Poetry Competition 2021

Trim Poetry Competition is now open for entries. Entries close on 30 November 2020.

Competition Rules

Entries are only accepted online by email to this address:

Competitors pay by PayPal on this blog on the right. Entry Fee: €5 per poem or €10 for three poems.

Please type Trim Poetry Competition in the subject line of the email.

The body of the email must include the PayPal transaction number, the entrant's name, address, phone number, and title/titles of the entered poems.

The poem/poems must be attached as a single Word document. The poems should be in Times New Roman, 12 point, single spacing and must not exceed 60 lines (excluding title and stanza breaks). The name of the entrant must not appear on the poems themselves. 

All poems must be the original work of the entrant, written in English. Poems must not have been previously published, self-published, published on a website or broadcast. Entrants must be 18 years or over.

All poems are judged completely anonymously, and judges read all entries. The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence can be entered into regarding those decisions. Current members of Boyne Writers Group are not eligible to enter.

The prize for the winner is 500 euro.  Two runners-up will receive 100 euro each. 

The judge is Irish poet Jean O'Brien. 

The judges’ shortlist of ten will be announced on 31 Jan 2021and included on this blog. Shortlisted poets only will be notified by email and invited to read their poems, in person or virtually, at a launch on Saturday afternoon 13 March 2021. The prizewinners will be announced at that launch and all the shortlisted poems will be published in Boyne Berries 29 which will be launched then either as a PDF or a paper version. Details of the launch will depend on the position as regarding Covid 19 at that time.

Submission of a poem implies the competitor’s acceptance of the conditions set out above.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Trim Poetry Festival Day 3 - Sunday 7 June 2020

11am: "Tips on How to Sustain a Flourishing Writing Practice" - Clinic by Anne Tannam in which she explores ways to help writers sustain their writing practice. 

4pm: Anne Tannam launches "Troubles" by Michael Farry. 
Launch of Michael Farry’s new poetry collection, “Troubles” by Anne Tannam. Welcome by the publisher Dominic Taylor of Revival Press followed by a reading from the collection by the author. 

"Troubles" may be purchased on the Revival Press website or on Michael Farry's blog.

6pm: Close of Festival with Some Poet Friends who have had long associations with Boyne Berries, including Carolyne Van Der Meer, Kate Dempsey and Maurice Devitt, reading their poems from the recently published Boyne Berries - The Covid Issue.

Carolyne Van Der Meer's Motherlode, Journeywoman.

8pm: Open Mic on Zoom with Rachel Coventry as MC.

End of Trim Poetry Festival 2020. 
See you all in March 2021!

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Trim Poetry Festival : Day 2: Saturday 6 June 2020

10am:  Online workshop by festival poet-in-residence Anne Tannam. 

11.30am: Celebrating Boyne Berries Covers. Slideshows highlighting the striking Boyne Berries magazine covers designed by Greg Hastings (2007-2014) 

and by Rory O'Sullivan (2014-2020).

3pm: Readings by members of local writers groups.

Introduction by Frances Browne, secreatary of Boyne Writers Group.

The Bull’s Arse Group, Navan

Frank Murphy of Meath Writers Circle

LitLab, the Cavan/Meath Writers Group. 

For more information about the latest LitLab anthology, Where You May Find Yourself , edited by Anthony J Quinn (2019), see the group's website here.

5pm: Results of the Trim Poetry Competition 2020

Introduction by judge Orla Fay. Readings by the winner, the runners up and the seven other shortlisted poets. 

7pm: Poetry Reading by Anne Tannam

Anne Tannam is a Dublin poet with two published collections: Tides Shifting Across My Sitting Room Floor (Salmon Poetry 2017) and Take This Life (WordOnTheStreet 2011). Her third, Twenty-six Letters of a New Alphabet, is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry in summer 2020. 

Friday, June 5, 2020

Trim Poetry Festival - Friday 5 June 2020

Festival Opening and Welcome
by Boyne Writers chair Michael Farry, Welcome to Trim by Noel French, chair of Trim Municipal District and by Trim Tourist Network.

Launch of Boyne Berries 27 
by editor, Orla Fay and readings by contributors Gerard Smyth, Felicity McCarthy, John D Kelly, Lorraine Carey, Peter Goulding and Sinéad MacDevitt.

Readings by contributors Maria Isakova Bennett, Glenn Hubbard, Mark Ward, Elizabeth McGeown, Diarmuid Fitzgerald, Kate Ennals and Kevin Graham.

Readings by contributors Polly Richardson, Richard W Halperin, Peter Adair, Marc Gijsemans, Honor Duff and Anne Callan.

Readings by contributors Orla Fay, Arthur Broomfield, Frances Browne, Eamon Cooke, K S Moore and Linda Ibbotson.

Readings by contributors Liam McNevin and Michael Farry.