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Children’s Poet of the Year 2018

About the Children’s Poet of the Year Competition:

Are you in primary school and a budding poet?

W. B. Yeats, the very famous Irish poet and writer spent his childhood in Sligo and we know there are more fantastic poets in our schools right now!
Every year we choose a poem by W.B. Yeats to inspire us. This year the chosen poem is Where My Books Go.

Where My Books Go

All the words that I utter, 
And all the words that I write, 
Must spread out their wings untiring, 
And never rest in their flight, 
Till they come where your sad, sad heart is, 
And sing to you in the night, 
Beyond where the waters are moving, 
Storm-darken’d or starry bright.

Notable dates :

Deadline for submission date: Friday 1st of June

Prize-giving date: Yeats Day, Wednesday 13th June at Hawk's Well Theatre


If you'd like to enter the competition, please download an application form here

Please post your completed application to:
Children’s Poet of the Year Competition 2018, Hawk’s Well Theatre, Temple Street, Sligo

Email us your poem to

1st Prize Poet:  You and your school will get a €100 voucher from the Hawk’s Well Theatre to put towards their next booking AND you win a trip for the whole class to Eagles Flying, Ballymote, the largest centre for birds of prey and owls in Ireland. During the highly entertaining and interactive bird shows your class will experience eagles, hawks, falcons, vultures and owls. This will be an unforgettable experience for all.