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Schools Poetry Competition

Westmeath County Library and Westmeath Creative Ireland

In conjunction with the Arrivals - Departures Project celebrating the amazing Swift

We invite students in secondary schools to stretch their imaginations, to play with words, to polish their writing and take part in our Schools Poetry Competition.

There are 2 categories:


Students should write an original poem based on the themes below which have been inspired by the Swift:

The Journey

Finding a Home

Dual Citizenship

The Call

These titles can be interpreted as broadly as you like.

The poem should be no more than 30 lines long, but entries can, of course, be considerably shorter! 

Entries can be submitted in English or Irish.

The Closing Date for the receipt of entries is Tuesday 7 May, 2019 at 5pm.

Entries can be sent by e-mail to: library@westmeathcoco.ie or posted or handed in to any Westmeath Library.

All entries should attach a separate page which states (a) category (b) name (c) class and school and a telephone number of a parent or teacher who can be contacted if your poem is chosen as a winner. This information will be used for administration purposes, statistical purposes and notification purposes only.

Westmeath County Library and Westmeath Creative Ireland reserve the right to use winning entries in promotion and publications while acknowledging the right of the winners to be acknowledged as copyright holders. The presentation of prizes will take place on Saturday 18 May 2019.  Winners will be notified and invited to attend. They will have the opportunity to read their prizewinning entry if they so wish.

We are delighted to welcome PD Lyons as or judge. Poet and author, PD Lyons has published 3 volumes of works as well as appearing in magazines, ezines and blogs worldwide.


Queries should be sent to library@westmeathcoco.ie

Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 05/04/2019