Monday, February 16, 2009

Cavan Poetry Competition

Yesterday I drove to Cavan to receive my certificate for Highly Commended in the inaugural Caomhnu National Poetry Competition, for 'The Dairy Shed.' Some of you may remember seeing it in a very rough draft, many moons ago. I refined it to within an inch of its life during the MA programme last year, when it emerged into its final format, a sonnet.

Whilst there, I met Michael Farry, editor of Boyne Berries and another Highly Commended award-winner in the competition with his poem, 'Asking Directions.'

Michael has posted the results of both the short story comp & the poetry comp here, along with a photo of himself and the poetry adjudicator, Noel Monahan.

I enjoyed the prize-giving and the extremely welcome gourmet lunch afterwards, all organised by Cavan County Council. Special thanks to Arts Officer Caitriona O Reilly too for her great organisation.

18 comments:

Totalfeckineejit said...

Congratulations Barbara that's brilliant and sound like a great day out too. (MMmm gourmet meals,luvvrli)

BarbaraS said...

It was great 'to have my dinner handed to me' ;) Thanks TFE, every little helps, as they say :)

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Ah, congrats Missus. That's cool!!

Liz said...

Three cheers for you, Barbara...nice to be wined and dined on it too : )

BarbaraS said...

Thanks WRW & Liz, it was good to see other names I know on the lists too :)

Peter Goulding said...

I would imagine the gourmet dinner to have a greater prize value than some prizes on offer.
Very many congratulations (he said, gritting his teeth)Another one for the CV!

apprentice said...

That's fantastic, nice to know all the hard graft on the edit paid dividends, including a good lunch and new friends.

Colin Will said...

Well done Barbara. It's a good poem, and you deserved the award.

BarbaraS said...

Thank you A, Peter and Colin, it cheered me up, in an otherwise bleary February... maybe spring will hit me one of these days, properly :)

Kay said...

Congratulations! There is no other feeling like that feeling of being there among the 'chosen' - in a very humble way of course, but a neat feeling nevertheless. Enjoy! Bask! You deserve it. :)

Sepiru Chris said...

Barbara;

Congratulations on your preferment!

And thanks for posting the virtual bus link; I found it through Totalfeckineejit via Dominic and I am looking forward to striking the muse with that bad baby before she wallops me again.

Tschuess,
Chris

BarbaraS said...

Thanks Kay and Chris, I have been basking, but reality keeps on getting in the way!

BarbaraS said...

Chris, glad you've enjoyed the bus - it's good fun!

Jon M said...

Late as ever with the congrats but congrats nonetheless!

BarbaraS said...

Thanks Jon - you're not late... you've been busy :)))

Debi said...

Highly commended indeed! You really don't shout loud enough about your impressive achievements, y'know!

Mazeltov!

BarbaraS said...

Oh thank you Debi - I love that word :))

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