A LAOIS student was among the winners in this year’s Trócaire poetry competition.
Kiela Cagney from Portarlington received a runners-up prize in the primary senior category for her thought-provoking verse entitled Windows.
Along with other award winners from across the country, the 13-year-old was presented with her award in Dublin recently.
The theme for this year’s competition was ‘Land is life’ and poets of all ages were encouraged to explore a local to global perspective and reflect on Ireland’s history of hunger and migration.
The annual competition, which is run in conjunction with Poetry Ireland, uses the arts to raise awareness about global justice issues. The winners of this year’s competition took part in a showcase event in Poetry Ireland’s centre in Dublin on Culture Night. The event also included the launch of an anthology of 50 of the best poems from the eight years of the competition.
Patricia Groves from Trócaire said: “The standard of entries for this year’s competition was incredibly high. We would like to congratulate all this year’s winners and runners-up, as well as everyone who entered.”
The competition is open to young people, children and adults at all stages in their writing careers. There are six categories in the competition: two for adults and four for children and teens.