Cover: Collected Poems by Eiléan Ní ChuilleanáinWe’re delighted to see Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin’s Collected Poems appear on this year’s Pigott Poetry Prize shortlist. Having published her work since 1972 we know how justly deserved this is.

Three poetry collections by Irish poets have made the 2021 Pigott Poetry Prize shortlist organised by Listowel Writers’ Week. This prize, in its eighth year, is Ireland’s largest monetary prize for a poetry collection by an Irish poet, with the winner being awarded €12,000 and the two shortlisted finalists each receiving €1,000. Over 50 collections were submitted for this year’s award and adjudicators Mark Waldron and Maura Dooley had the task of selecting the shortlist of three on behalf of Listowel Writers’ Week.

The three shortlisted collections are as follows:

Collected Poems by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin
Found Architecture – Selected Poems by Sinéad Morrissey
Ourselves by Beda Higgins

Speaking about the adjudication, Poet Maura Dooley said: “Transported, educated, made to see the world differently; we were delighted to discover many fresh and exciting new voices in amongst new books from already familiar and beloved poets. It was a very difficult task to choose just three books from such a rich field.”

The full list of competition winners will be announced at Listowel Writers’ Week on 2 June 2021.

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