Kildare Nationalist – Grand Prize for Poetry for a Young Newbridge Writer

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Congratulations to Emma Tobin from Newbridge, one of the two winners of the inaugural Eavan Boland Emerging Poet Awards presented by Poetry Ireland and Stanford University.
The awards program creates an annual opportunity for two emerging poets, each of whom will receive € 1,700, as well as three mentoring sessions by leading poets over a four month period.

The award was created to celebrate poet Eavan Boland, who was a staunch advocate of emerging poets, especially those whose work was in danger of being overlooked, and is presented with the support of the Casey / Boland family. The award was made possible through the generous support of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and the United States Embassy in Dublin.

Emma Tobin is a 24 year old poet and was published in Irish weather and in Reader warning, the student publication of UCD LitSoc. She holds an MA and MA in Creative Writing from University College Dublin and is currently a doctoral student at the university.
“I am amazed and delighted that my poetry was recognized with an award in honor of Eavan Boland, who was a tireless champion of marginalized poets whose work sought to question what it meant to be art and to be human. “Emma said. “It is my first conviction that art – and in particular poetry – is a space where we can reimagine both our stories and our futures. It is a lesson in humility to be one of the very first recipients of an award that will undoubtedly inspire new voices in poetry for many years to come.

Over 200 poets submitted works during the registration period between late September and early November. It was open to emerging poets who have not yet published a full first collection, but are working on it, or an equivalent performance.

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