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Sinéad Morrissey Shortlisted for Pigott Prize 2021

Monday, 26 Apr 2021

Poster for the Pigott Poetry Prize Shortlist We are thrilled to share the news that Sinéad Morrissey has been shortlisted for the 2021 Pigott Poetry prize with Found Architecture: Selected Poems!

The prize is the largest monetary prize for a collection by an Irish poet, with the winner receiving €12,000 and the two other finalists receiving €1000.

Morrissey is shortlisted alongside collections are Collected Poems by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and Ourselves by Beda Higgins.

Speaking about the adjudication, Poet Maura Dooley said: "Transported, educated, made to see the world differently; we were delighted to discover many fresh and exciting new voices in amongst new books from already familiar and beloved poets. It was a very difficult task to choose just three books from such a rich field."

The winner will be announced on the opening night of Listowel Writers Week, on June 2nd, 2021.


No Text Sinéad Morrissey has published six celebrated collections of poetry. This Selected Poems reveals how she has developed formally and thematically from the precocious and carefully considered first book, There Was Fire in Vancouver (1996), to the most recent and highly praised, On Balance (2017).

There is throughout Morrissey's work a civic dimension: her imagination is dynamically peopled, as are her various landscapes and sense of history, and she is drawn to the conflicts and contradictions at the heart of all human intention and inquiry, as well as to celebrating individual women and men and the things they create or unleash. There is always a paradox which she enters and explores, making it luminous but never resolving it. For Morrissey, each poem becomes a word-space in which readers are set free on their own journey of discovery.

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