The longlist for the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing 2019

Community Arts Partnership is delighted to announce the longlist for the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing 2019

Supported by our principal funder, The Arts Council of Northern Ireland and carrying the endorsement of the Heaney Family, this award offers immense recognition and opportunity to those whose work is under consideration for the title. After a full day’s deliberation by our panel of judges, Maria McManus, Stephen Sexton Damian Smyth and Conor Shields, all agree that these poems are worthy of further consideration for shortlisting and indeed, ultimately, winning this year’s Seamus Heaney Award.

The poets featured in the longlist will be asked to perform their work at the launch of ‘Find’, Community Arts Partnership’s latest poetry anthology for 2019. This event will take place on Sunday the 24th of March at the Seamus Heaney Homeplace, Bellaghy.

Unfortunately, due to demand, no more seats can be made available publicly.

This is the fifth occasion on which the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing will be presented and is the 18th year that our organisation publishes an anthology of poetry, celebrating the contributions of poets from right across Northern Ireland.

Congratulations to all those whose work will be published in this year’s anthology. And well done to those that appear on the long list!

The anthology and the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing (and the Seamus Heaney Award for Achievement) would not be possible without the support of our principal funder, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

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