Maggie O’Dwyer’s first collection, Laughter Heard from the Road, has been shortlisted in the Rupert and Eithne Strong Awards for best first poetry collection written by an Irish author. The full shortlist can be viewed on http://poetrynow.ie/brochure10.pdf
She will read from her collection at The Strong Reading and Award for Best First Collection on Sunday 28th March, along with the three other poets on the shortlist, where the winner will be announced.
The 2010 dlr Poetry Now International Festival is one of the premier poetry festivals in these islands and features a selection of internationally renowned poets. The full programme and booking information can be viewed on the link above.
Maggie O’Dwyer was a previous winner of the Templar Poetry Pamphlet & Collection Prizes (2008) with her pamphlet Yes, I’d Love to Dance. She is the second poet in the last few months to be shortlisted in a first collection prize. Dawn Wood’s Quarry was shortlisted in the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize in November 2009.
Full details of the Templar Poetry list and the 2010 Templar Poetry Pamphlet & Collection Prizes can be viewed on http://templarpoetry.co.uk