A stunning array of works in Kilkenny’s 22nd Poetry Journal

Fourteen poets have been shortlisted for publication in the 22nd Poetry Broadsheet, which was launched in the Parade Tower last Thursday during the Kilkenny Arts Festival.

Kilkenny County Council Arts Officer welcomed the poets to the launch and Kilkenny Arts Festival Poet-in-Residence Theo Dorgan kicked off the large format and congratulated the poets on their success.

Poets were then called on stage to recite their poems in front of a captive audience.
The Broadsheet is edited by poet and author Elaine Feeney who selected the 14 works from the 108 poems originally submitted by sixty poets.

The poets selected this year are: Billy Fenton, KS Moore, Liam O’Neill, Laura O’Neill, Janis Woodgate, Noel Howley, Willie-Joe Meally, Kim Heffernan, Jacinta Cody, Cathy Hogan, Susie Lamb, Mike Watts, Nuala Roche and Proinisias Ó Dinnachadha.

Editor-in-Chief Elaine Feeney said it was “an honor and a joy to edit this year’s Broadsheet”.
“The selection of poetry moved me in a way, in a distinct aesthetic, a family moment, a snapshot of something frozen in time, family, relationships, love, loss and all the Sometimes painful, sometimes funny, these are poems that look askance, or with a vivid aesthetic of past experiences.

“To experience life through your own lens and rely on your own perspective to document a moment in your life, or to use language in new and exciting ways to tell an emotion, is a beautiful act.”
The purpose of the publication is to give Kilkenny poets the opportunity to be featured in a beautifully illustrated publication by Louise Naughten.


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