ENTRIES continued to be whittled down this week in the Desmond O’Grady poetry competition, which has grown to international status.
Judging continued this Wednesday at the White House bar on O’Connell Street in the contest, which is held in honour of the famed Limerick poet and linguist.
From a initial entry of 700 individual poems from nearly 300 poets in 29 different countries, a shortlist of 40 was chosen by the guest judge for this year’s competition, Kerry poet Gabriel Fitzmaurice.
Every Wednesday night up until December 5, ten of the shortlisted poems will be read during the White House’s famous open mic nights. Over the course of the readings, the judges will whittle the poems down to a final ten, with an overall winner being selected early in December.
The winner of this year’s competition will be awarded the Desmond O’Grady perpetual trophy.
Desmond O’Grady is an internationally renowned poet and master of languages who has studied and taught around the world. Born in Limerick in 1935, he left Ireland in the 1950s to teach and write in Paris, Rome and the United States.
He earned a PhD in Celtic languages and literatures while he was a teaching fellow at Harvard University. A fluent Arabic speaker, he later went on to teach at the American University in Cairo and the University of Alexandria.
Mr O’Grady has published 19 collections of his own poetry over the past fifty years.