‘Pigeon Songs’ Shortlisted for the Pigott Poetry Prize 2020

28 May 2020 - 11:54am

‘Pigeon Songs’ Shortlisted for the Pigott Poetry Prize 2020

28 May 2020 - 11:54am

We are delighted to share that Pigeon Songs by Eoghan Walls has been shortlisted for the Listowel Writers' Week Pigott Poetry Prize 2020. 

Pigeon Songs was selected by judge Ian McMillan alongside When the Tree Falls by Jane Clarke and What Planet by Miriam Gamble from a collection of over 60 entries. 

Speaking about the adjudication, poet Ian McMillan said “In terrible and turbulent times poetry can offer us a map out of lockdown and social distancing. Judging the competition reminded me of the power of language to enchant, to stimulate and to comfort. So many Irish poets are working at the height of their powers, wrestling with language to make it fit the world we live in, and it’s been marvellous to be part of that ongoing endeavour.”

Catherine Moylan, Chairperson of Listowel Writers’ Week revealed the shortlist. “I’m delighted to announce the three shortlisted collections for this year’s 2020 Pigott Poetry Prize; these wonderful collections are such treasures and show the wonderful talent and creativity that exists in this country.”

What Planet by Miriam Gamble was announced as the winner of the prize during an online ceremony on Wednesday 27th May.