Winner of 2015 Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award

winner2015The winner of this year’s Patrick Kavanagh Award for a poet that has not yet published a book is John Mee.

John was born in Canada in 1965 and has lived in Cork since he was seven years old. He works as a professor in the Law School at University College Cork. He published his first poem in 1991 and in 2008 he was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series.

Brian Lynch, judge of the competition and President of the Patrick Kavanagh Society, said that last year John Mee was one of the entrants whose work he had recommended. ‘In the space of a year,’ Brian Lynch said, ‘John has sharpened and focused his considerable natural gifts as a poet. This commitment and improvement is one of the aims of the award.’

He went on to say that University College Cork is proving to be a seed-bed for poets: last year’s winner, John Fitzgerald, is chief librarian at UCC. The runners-up this year also 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, Co Dublin, and Liza Costelloe, Co. Dublin.
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