About the Competition
The inaugural Funeral Services Northern Ireland National Poetry Competition ran in 2012 as an opportunity for poets from across the country to showcase their talents and highlight how poetry relates to the celebration of life and its relevance in society today. In the years since, organisers have witnessed a strong passion for writing and reciting poetry from hundreds of people right across Northern Ireland. The competition has grown through the years to become a firm fixture in the arts calendar in Northern Ireland.
Thank you to everyone who has embraced the Funeral Services Northern Ireland Annual National Poetry Competition over the past 5 years. Poems from our four overall winners: Stephanie Conn, Mark Cooper, Ross Thompson and Stephen Sexton are available to read here. We look to your attendance at our Awards Recital in Parliament Buildings, Stormont, on the eve of National Poetry Day – Wednesday 5 October at 7.30pm.
Poetry is a unique way of expressing meaning and communicating emotion to the reader and there is a long tradition of poetry in emotional situations. It is for this reason that poetry is so commonly used when struggling with the loss of a loved one.
What Should I Write About?
Each year the competition mirrors the theme of National Poetry Day. So far we have enjoyed reading personal interpretations of the themes Stars, Reflection, Remembrance, Light and have received many touching and impressive poems. We are hoping that this year’s National Poetry Day theme: “Messages” will continue this trend we look forward to hearing winning poems from aspiring unpublished as well as published poets at the fifth annual Funeral Services Northern Ireland National Poetry awards recital on 5 October 2016.
How Do I Enter?
Entry to the fifth annual Funeral Services Northern Ireland National Poetry Competition is now closed.