Hawk’s Well Theatre is delighted to announce the winners of the 2017
iYeats International Poetry Competition. Judges Jessica Traynor and
Billy Ramsell considered a large volume of entries.
the truly global impact of the competition; the 2017 winner is poet
Tammy Armstrong, Nova Scotia, Canada, for her poem ‘The Varying Hare’.
The emerging winner for poets of 16-25 years of age is Cynthia Miller,
Birmingham U.K. with her work ‘The Last Hour on the Flight Deck’.
On the task of selecting winning poems the judges Billy Ramsell and Jessica Traynor shared that “It’s a pleasure to declare ‘The Varying Hare’ by Tammy Armstrong the winner of this year’s iYeats competition.
is a special poem, one that manages to combine depth of ambition with
deftness in execution, rendering, with enviable clarity, a crepuscular,
fog-tinted milieu. Its uncanny, depopulated landscape is one readers are
unlikely to forget as it leaves us ‘wrong edged’ and ‘thicket-blind’,
lingering, despite ourselves, in the ‘animal time’ it so vividly
conjures. In the Emerging Category,
'The Last Hour on the Flight Deck' by
Cynthia Miller stood out for us as an ambitious poem full of surprising
and well-rendered details. From the air stewardesses who 'arch their
feet inside boxy heels' to the dusk which 'siphons lavender shadows
across the room', this is a poem which explores distance and dislocation
through vivid, intimate imagery.”
Highly commended poets in the general category: ‘Ameratsu Hides Her Light in the Rock Cave of Heaven’ by Angela T. Carr, ‘Brooch’ by A.M. Cousins, ‘Mackerel’ by John O’Donnell, ‘Mole’ by Tammy Armstrong, ‘Observance’ by Edel Burke, ‘Road Salt Dome’, by Tammy Armstrong, ‘Samhain’ by Ingrid Casey, ‘The Farmer’ by Michael O'Connor, ‘The Quiet Ones’ by Alan Weadick, ‘Tigers In Leitrim’ by Roisin Kelly,
iYeats Poetry competition was launched by the Hawk's Well Theatre in
2009 to mark the 50th Yeats International Summer School and the 70th
anniversary of the death of W. B Yeats. The iYeats Poetry competition
is an online national and international poetry competition which has won
a prestigious reputation for the calibre of both entrants and judges.
Ramsell & Jessica Traynor (2017), Previous judges have included
Moya Cannon & Colin Dardis (2016), Peter Sirr and Catherine Phil
MacCarthy (2014). Katie Donovan and James Harpur (2013). Theo Dorgan
and Paula Meehan (2012) Gerald Dawe & Enda Wyley (2011), Vincent
Woods & Rita Ann Higgins (2010) and Niall MacMonagle & Mary
The winning poems and videos of the winning poets reading their work is available to view on www.hawkswell.com