First Collection Poetry Prize

THE SEAMUS HEANEY CENTRE FOR POETRY
PRIZE FOR FIRST FULL COLLECTION 2014
Supported by Glucksman Ireland House, 
New York University

The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University, Belfast, is delighted to announce the winner of the fourth Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for Poetry.

The Prize is awarded annually to the writer of the best first collection published in the UK or Ireland in the preceding year and is awarded with support from Glucksman Ireland House at New York University. Glucksman Ireland House, the Center for Irish and Irish-American Studies at NYU supports the award through generous funding in honour of Thomas Quinlan, a third generation Irish-American teacher and educator.

The prize was awarded at the Student Reading of the Poetry Summer School which took place Thursday, 26 June.  

The winner of this year’s Prize is 
Tara Bergin
for her book
This is Yarrow 
(Carcanet Press).

The Seamus Heaney Prize for Poetry for 2014 was a cheque for £1,000. In addition the winner is invited to read at Glucksman Ireland House at New York University for the third annual Tom Quinlan Lecture in Poetry, provided with travel, accommodation, and an honorarium.   The lecture takes place in the autumn 2014.

The Chairman of the judges this year was Professor Ciaran Carson, Director of the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry.    His fellow judges were Professor Paul Farley from the University of Lancaster and Professor Paula Meehan, the current incumbent of the Ireland Chair of Poetry.

The judges said of the competition, “It was a year when there were outstanding entries for this prize, powerful collections that made the judges' decision very difficult. It was an especially strong year for storytellers: the narrative impulse was the central energy in many of the collections. Through all the sifting, calibrating and circling round it was Tara Bergin's book This is Yarrow that held us in thrall. The poems are suffused with the sense of the poet moving way outside the known or knowing world to bring back strange and urgent news; poetry that once we hear it, we wonder how we ever did without it.” 

The Seamus Heaney Centre Prize was inaugurated to celebrate the work of the Heaney Centre, and to honour its founding poet.  The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry is a focal point for creativity in Ireland and is recognised as an international centre of creative and research excellence in the field of literature. Central to the Centre’s ethos is the encouragement of emerging talent.

Mrs Gerry Hellawell, email: g.hellawell@qub.ac.uk, tel: +44 (0)2890971070.

PRESS RELEASE

THE SEAMUS HEANEY CENTRE FOR POETRY
PRIZE FOR FIRST FULL COLLECTION 2014
Supported by Glucksman Ireland House,
New York University

The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University, Belfast, is delighted to announce the shortlist for the fifth Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for Poetry.   The Prize is awarded annually to the writer of the best first collection published in the UK or Ireland in the preceding year.

The shortlist for this year’s Prize is:

Tara Bergin, This is Yarrow (Carcanet Press)

Malika Booker, Pepper Seed (Peepal Tree Press)

Paula Cunningham, Heimlich's Manoeuvre (smith/doorstop)

Hannah Lowe, Chick (Bloodaxe Books)

Rory Waterman, Tonight the Summer's Over (Carcanet Press)

The winner will be announced during the Seamus Heaney Centre Poetry Summer School, 23-27 June 2014.   The Seamus Heaney Prize for Poetry for 2014 will be £1,000. In addition the winner will be invited to read at Glucksman Ireland House at New York University for the annual Tom Quinlan Lecture in Poetry, provided with travel, accommodation, and an honorarium.   (http://irelandhouse.fas.nyu.edu/page/home).

The Chairman of the judges this year was Professor Ciaran Carson, Director of the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry.  His fellow judges were Professor Paul Farley, Lancaster University and Professor Paula Meehan, Ireland Chair of Poetry.  They said,  "This year's Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for a First Collection of Poems attracted a large number of powerful and accomplished submissions. The books sent for consideration displayed in abundance the health, wealth and variety of the art of poetry as it is currently practised in these islands, and the judges found the process of arriving at a shortlist exhilarating and difficult in equal measure. We congratulate the authors of these books, and the presses for making them public."

About Glucksman Ireland House

Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, Glucksman Ireland House is New York University's Center for Irish and Irish-American Studies and one of the top-ranked academic Irish Studies programs in the United States. Through innovative undergraduate and graduate academic curricula and extensive public programming, it provides access to the best in Irish and Irish-American culture. With faculty in Irish and Irish-American literature, history, music, language, and cultural studies, Glucksman Ireland House NYU provides its students and the community with an integrated approach to understanding the arts and humanities that represent Ireland and Irish-America’s past, present, and future.

Further Information
For further information, contact Anne Solari at Glucksman Ireland House NYU at anne.solari@nyu.edu or +1 (212) 998-3952; or, Mrs Gerry Hellawell at the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queens University, Belfast, at g.hellawell@qub.ac.uk or +44(0)2890971070.

Poetry Prize Terms and Conditions 2014