The winner of the Patrick Kavanagh Award for 2017 is the Dublin-born poet Ruth Timmins, who now lives in Curracloe, Co Wexford.
This is the first year that the award has been sponsored by the Institute of Education, Ireland’s leading school for exam focused tuition.
The judge of the competition, Brian Lynch, who is standing down as President of the Patrick Kavanagah Society, said of all the winners of the award since he took up office in 2009, Ruth Timmins is perhaps the most challenging. ‘The originality of her way of looking at the world requires the reader to work hard at her meanings, but the freshness of her vision and her very considerable powers of description reward close attention. How her talent develops over the years will, I hope, prove yet again the value of the Kavanagh Award as a vital first step in the careers of Ireland’s most exciting new poets.’
Ruth Timmins was born in Dublin in 1974. Her family moved to Co Wexford where Ruth went to school, moving back to the city in the 1990s. For thirteen years, Ruth worked as a journalist for various publications, including assistant editor with TGM (Today’s Grocer Magazine). Ruth has been writing poetry since she was a young girl, and now writes full time from her cottage in Curracloe, Co Wexford.
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