2015 Press Releases

UCC "seed-bed" for poets

30 Sep 2015
John is pictured above, second from the left in the front row, with joint runners up, on the left, Lisa Costello, with Rosamund Taylor and Simon Lewis on the right. At the rear is Larry McDermott, MC; Brian Lynch, President of the Patrick Kavanagh Society and adjudicator; Rosaleen Kearney, Administrator of the Centre; Jane Robinson, joint runner up and Art Agnew, Chairperson of the Patrick Kavanagh Centre (Photo courtesy of PKC).

The winner of this year’s Patrick Kavanagh Award for a poet that has not yet published a book is John Mee, a professor in the Faculty of Law at UCC.

Brian Lynch, judge of the competition and President of the Patrick Kavanagh Society, commented that UCC is proving to be a "seed-bed" for poets - last year’s winner, John Fitzgerald, is University Librarian at UCC.

Brian Lynch also commented that John Mee was one of the entrants whose work he had recommended last year.

“In the space of a year, John has sharpened and focused his considerable natural gifts as a poet. This commitment and improvement is one of the aims of the award.”

John was born in Canada in 1965 and has lived in Cork since he was seven years old. He published his first poem in 1991 and in 2008 he was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series. John's winning collections of poems is called 'Beyond the extinct'.

The runners-up this year also includes another entrant from Cork - Simon Lewis, who lives in Carlow. The other runners-up are Jane Robinson, from Foxrock in Dublin, Rosamund Taylor, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, and Liza Costelloe, Artane, Dublin.

For the full list of commended entries, click here.

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