Kilkenny County Council Arts Office is looking forward to once again present their twenty first issue of the very popular KILKENNY POETRY BROADSHEET. The aim of the publication is to give Kilkenny writers, born or based in Kilkenny City and County, a platform for their work. We are thrilled to have Jessica Traynor as this year’s editor. A call out for submissions was issued in February this year with a deadline of April 1st This year we received 98 poems from 50 applicants. So, Jessica now has the exciting task of selecting the final poems for the publication which will be launched late summer.
Following publication, the Broadsheet is available free throughout the city and county via the library branches and other venues.
Our 2021 editor is poet, dramaturg, librettist and creative writing teacher Jessica Traynor. Her debut collection, Liffey Swim (Dedalus Press, 2014), was shortlisted for the Strong/Shine Award. Her second collection, The Quick, was a 2019 Irish Times poetry choice. In 2019, she co-edited Correspondences: an anthology to call for an end to direct provision with actor Stephen Rea, bringing together asylum seekers in Ireland’s direct provision system with Irish writers. The book was a best-seller, with all proceeds going to MASI (Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland). She was also commissioned by Music for Galway to write an opera with composer Elaine Agnew for Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture. The resulting opera Paper Boat, will be performed in 2021. Current projects include a commission from Offaly County Council and The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government to write a poetic history of the town of Banagher. The resulting pamphlet, A Place of Pointed Stones, is forthcoming in 2021.
Awards include the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary, Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year and the Listowel Poetry Prize. In 2016, she was named one of Poetry Ireland’s Rising Generation of poets. She is joint recipient of two commission awards from the Arts Council for 2021.
She has worked as Literary Manager of the Abbey Theatre and Deputy Museum Director of EPIC the Irish Emigration Museum. She is Poet in Residence at the Yeats Society, Sligo and a Creative Fellow of UCD.
2021 Designer Carol Ann Treacy is an Irish children’s author, illustrator and graphic designer.