Winners of Children’s Poetry Competition 2021 Announced.
We're delighted to announce the winners of the Children’s Poet of the Year Competition. The competition runs annually in the run up to Yeats Day (13th June), and is a celebration of the Irish poet, dramatist, and prose writer who made Sligo his home.
Children were tasked with writing a verse with the same title as a Yeats poem, and this year’s theme was ‘The Cat & The Moon’. The competition, which launched last month, saw an overwhelming response from entrants from primary schools all over Sligo.
Presided over by guest judge and Hawk's Well Theatre Artist-In-Residence Eithne Hand, the author saw a stirring connection between the choice of poem, and the effects of the events of the last fifteen months.
Said Eithne; “when the Hawk’s Well picked this poem for the iYeats schools prize, we had all had a year when sometimes there was nothing else to do except to look at nature and at cats, dogs and all sorts of animals up close. Lockdown meant that there was no school, very little fun, and friends were missed. So this poem about an unlikely connection between the moon in the sky and a small black cat was really very appropriate”.
Praising the diversity of approaches to the subject, the writer said; “We had poems with great colours in them, velvet cushions, fire balloons, and craters to fall into – lots of imagination and fun!”
Choosing which piece would come out on top was no easy task for Eithne, who praised every entrant saying; “it was very hard to say there was only one winner, because all poems are successful just because you have actually written down what you are feeling or trying to say”.
The winning entry however came from Tara Flynn (pictured with her poem, and teacher Alice McNassar). Tara is from 6th Class in Calry National School, and her winning verse is below:
The cat is troubled and worried, anxious about himself.
A majestic moon lay shining in the sky, with a winking eye
The cat thought to himself, I’m not the only one. I’m getting big and he’s getting small
Change is actually fun. Everything always changes. The grass grows long,
The lambs grow old. The moon is always there to guide us.
Tara wins a €100 voucher for Hawk's Well for her 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.
Two highly commended entries from Cian Quinn, a sixth class pupil from St Michaels National School in Clonacool, and Helena Griffiths Maher from 5th class in Scoil Naomh Molaise, also received a €45 family pass for Eagles Flying.
The Hawk’s Well would like to thank all of the entrants for their hard work and effort!