Poetry Aloud 2016.....Enter Now!
Update Friday 23 September: Thanks for all the entries received so far. As this is a busy time in schools, we will accept your entries next week too!
To celebrate the joy of speaking and listening to poetry, the National Library of Ireland and Poetry Ireland are delighted to announce the POETRY ALOUD Poetry Speaking Competition 2016 for post-primary school students.
Poetry Aloud is the annual poetry speaking competition open to all students attending second level schools on the island of Ireland run by the National Library of Ireland and Poetry Ireland.
In 2015, we received over 1800 entries......so looking forward to hearing many wonderful poems this year!
To take part, students are required to learn and speak two poems from memory at each stage of the competition.
The entry from is now available:
All the information that you need to enter is on the entry form - including the list of prescribed poems, the titles of the anthologies from which the chosen poem can be taken and the terms and conditions for entry.
The prescribed poems in this year’s competition reflect on 1916, World War 1 and the work of contemporary Irish poets is also included.
Working collaboratively on Poetry Aloud, the NLI and Poetry Ireland aim to bring “poetry into the memory and affections of the young in a way that will make it a lifelong possession and value”. (Seamus Heaney)
Participants in Poetry Aloud are included in the Verse and Vision section of the award winning exhibition Yeats: the life and work of William Butler Yeats at the National Library and in the Words and Music - The Sounds of War section of the library’s exhibition World War Ireland. Participants have taken part in commemoration events in the library during 2016 and in external events organised by the NLI and Poetry Ireland.
POETRY ALOUD 2015: Kevin Fitzpatrick from Monaghan
What is Poetry Aloud?
Poetry Aloud is the annual poetry speaking competition organised by the National Library and Poetry Ireland. It is open to all post-primary school students on the island of Ireland.
The Poetry Aloud competition, run by the Library in conjunction with Poetry Ireland, was honoured at a gala ceremony at the British Library in London at which poet Seamus Heaney was presented with the David Cohen Prize for Literature 2009 for a lifetime's achievement in literature.
In addition to winning the £40,000 award, the winner of the David Cohen Prize for Literature nominates the recipient of a subsidiary prize, the Clarissa Luard Award, worth £12,500. In nominating Poetry Aloud for the award, Seamus Heaney cited the extraordinary way in which the competition seeks to celebrate the joy of speaking and listening to poetry as well as the fact that there is a strong North/South dimension to the competition.