L-R Melissa Newman (Director Strokestown Poetry), Majella Hunt (Director of Services Roscommon County Council), Padraig Holmes (Chairman, Strokestown Poetry) and Averyl Dooher (Director, Roscommon Arts Centre)
Áras an Chontae
It may be hard to believe, but 2018 marked the 20th International Poetry Festival in Strokestown, making it one of Ireland’s longest running literary get-togethers. And today, Majella Hunt (Director of Services, Corporate Services, Roscommon County Council) officially opened the exhibition of 20:20 poems in the Áras an Chontae, Roscommon.
Last Spring we introduced an extra competition for poets to mark our 20th Festival, with a chance to win €100 and special place in Strokestown’s poetic history.
The idea was simple: writers were invited to view 20 picture prompts and, suitably inspired, create a new poem of 20 lines or less. The overall winner received €100, and 19 runners up each received a €20 prize.
The poems here in this exhibition are the 20 shortlisted poems of the 20:20 Poetry Competition. Shortlistees ranged in location from Cork to California, and Massachusetts to Mayo
Aileen Shirra, Cumbernauld, Scotland took 1st prize in the Strokestown 2018 20:20 Competition, with her poem entitled ‘Home Birth’. The exhibition, which is free, can be seen during official opening hours in the Áras.