2015 Press Releases
UCC "seed-bed" for poets
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.
Huge congratulations to the talented John Mee who has won the Kavanagh Poetry Award this year - that's two winners from@UCC in two years!— Kathy D'Arcy (@KathyDArcyCork) September 28, 2015
Photo: Delighted to be a runner-up in this year’s Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award. The winner was John Mee... http://t.co/sbuuNNyheE— Simon Lewis (@simonmlewis) September 27, 2015