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Children’s Poet of the Year 2021

The Hawk’s Well Theatre is delighted to announce the return of the Children’s Poet of the Year Competition. 

In celebration of the Irish poet, dramatist, and prose writer who immortalised Sligo in his works, each year the Hawk’s Well chooses a poem by W.B. Yeats for the competition, and this year the chosen verse is ‘The Cat & The Moon’.

Open to primary school children, students are tasked with writing their own poem with this title, for a competition that will see Hawk's Well Theatre Artist-In-Residence, poet, and author of poetry collection Fox Trousers Eithne Hand act as guest judge.

This year’s prizes include a €100 Voucher to the Hawk's Well Theatre for the winner’s school to put towards their next booking, plus a €45 family pass for Eagles Flying - the largest centre for birds of prey and owls in Ireland. During the highly entertaining and interactive bird show, the prizewinners family will experience eagles, hawks, falcons, vultures and owls - an unforgettable experience for all. Two highly commended entries will also each receive a €45 family pass for Eagles Flying.

The competition has now closed, and the winners will be announed by Eithne Hand, Hawk's Well Theatre poet in residence on Yeats Day, Sunday 13th June, 2021.



The Cat and the Moon by W.B. Yeats

The cat went here and there  
And the moon spun round like a top,  
And the nearest kin of the moon  
The creeping cat looked up.  
Black Minnaloushe stared at the moon,

For wander and wail as he would  
The pure cold light in the sky  
Troubled his animal blood.  
Minnaloushe runs in the grass,  
Lifting his delicate feet.  

Do you dance, Minnaloushe, do you dance?  
When two close kindred meet  
What better than call a dance?  
Maybe the moon may learn,  
Tired of that courtly fashion,   

A new dance turn.  
Minnaloushe creeps through the grass  
From moonlit place to place,  
The sacred moon overhead  
Has taken a new phase.  

Does Minnaloushe know that his pupils  
Will pass from change to change,  
And that from round to crescent,  
From crescent to round they range?  
Minnaloushe creeps through the grass  

Alone, important and wise,  
And lifts to the changing moon  
His changing eyes.