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Ballymaloe’s tasty €10,000 poetry prize; PD James hits Trinity; fiction slam in Galway; and Dublin Writers’ Festival – the prequel
Ballymaloe is sponsoring a €10,000 poetry prize
Ballymaloe’s rich pickings for poets
Poets may be traditionally impecunious but there are some seriously generous prizes and bursaries knocking around for the talented few. Earlier this week, we published details of the €8,000 Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship. Now word reaches us from Rebecca O’Connor, editor of the Cavan-based literary magazine, The Moth, of their association with the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize, whose first prize is a mouthwatering €10,000. The runners-up can expect more than a few crumbs from the table, with €2,000 for the runner-up and €1,000 for third place. That should keep a poet in Ballymaloe Country Relish for quite a while.
The entry fee is €9 per poem and the deadline is December 31st. Winners will be published in the spring 2014 issue of The Moth and will be invited to read at a special award ceremony at the Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine in Co Cork next May. For details, see themothmagazine.com
Food for thought
Gill & Macmillan, in association with Le Cool magazine, is to launch The Finishing School, a series of events for people hungry to learn, and who appreciate food with their thought. The events draw from the publisher’s eclectic group of authors who will share their knowledge on subjects from history to parenting, research to art, baking to craft. Food at each event is catered for by an Irish cookery writer who will talk through the menu as well as contribute to the evening’s discussion.
Authors include Emily Hourican, Lilly Higgins, Ross Lewis and The Irish Country Women’s Association and events take place in 12 Henrietta St, Fumbally Café, Chapter One (all in Dublin) and the ICA headquarters in Termonfeckin, Co Louth.
The series begins next Wednesday, October 9th, at 12 Henrietta Street. Hourican discusses her new book, How to (Really) be a Mother, while Higgins provides the evening’s food from her new cookbook Lilly Higgins’ Dream Deli.
“Come hungry, leave enlightened,” runs the slogan. “And be on your way home by 9pm (it is a school night after all)! “ For ticket and event details go to dublin.lecool.com or gillmacmillanbooks.ie/thefinishingschool.
Write that @*?$ memoir
If author Lois Cahall finally sees her dream come true, it will be at Lismore Castle, Co Waterford, from December 9th to 15th, where she has been asked to teach non-fiction writing in a course loosely titled: “Finding the story WITHIN your story to FINALLY sell that damn memoir”!
“I love my students,” says Cahall, and a few are following me here. They know I can get them an agent and that I have a formula for how a publisher thinks.” The course fee is $800 for the week yet Cahall feels like she is in one of those contestant shows as she needs “five more students to officially qualify!”
“Doesn’t someone out there want to do yoga with Mariel Hemingway, hang in a castle with Robert Olen Butler, and a long list of famous writers? Or, you can take my class with Pulitzer writer Edward Humes for $1,450? First round of drinks at an Irish pub on me!”
For more information go to abroadwritersconference.com and, when emailing, please reference Lois Cahall.
Children’s book award
Irish children’s author Celine Kiernan was named winner of the prestigious Reading Association of Ireland Children’s Book Award 2013 last week at an event in Marino Institute of Education in Dublin. Kiernan collected the RAI Children’s Book Award at the 37th annual Reading Association of Ireland conference for her young adult novel, Into the Grey, seeing off stiff competition from books by authors Geraldine Meade and Sheena Wilkinson as well as three Irish-language titles.