Jim McElroy – Winner of the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing 2021

‘I feel very fortunate to be the 2021 recipient of the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing. Delighted my poem Health & Safety struck a chord with the judges. And also that Olga Draws the World and Sheep Carcass both made the final list. I’d like to offer my congratulations to all my fellow writers on the short and long list and in the Heartlands anthology.

As someone who was first published in 2018, I hope my selection gives encouragement to beginning poets everywhere. My thanks to all those who have helped me get to grips with the fundamentals of craft through creative writing courses and workshops, and to the Arts Council for supporting my writing. Particular thanks to Community Arts Partnership for their hard work in delivering a memorable awards during these challenging times, to the judges for selecting my poetry, and to the Heaney family for gifting such prestige to new writers’.

JIm McElroy


You can watch Jim reading his winning poem, Health & Safety, on YouTube below. Go back to the start to watch all the longlisted poets reading.

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