Trócaire and Poetry Ireland have launched their annual poetry competition, calling for entries from County Tipperary.

Adults, published and unpublished, can get creative and submit a poem or poems to this year’s Trócaire Poetry Ireland poetry competition, which is open for entries until Friday 6 May 2022.

This year marks the twelfth year of the annual competition, which uses the arts to raise awareness of key global justice issues of our time. Poems in English or Irish are welcome in both categories (adult unpublished and adult published), with spoken word pieces actively encouraged as well as poems.

This year’s theme is “A Better Future”. It explores how we can build a better future, all contributing within a global community.

The effects of Covid-19 are still being felt around the world, especially in developing countries. And climate change makes us think, in a very concrete way, about the future of our earth and our society, and how we can come together to build a better future.

Poets and spoken word artists are encouraged to explore the theme, from a local to global perspective.

Niamh O’Donnell, director of Poetry Ireland, said the competition theme brought hope as we emerge from a difficult few years with Covid-19.

“We are delighted to launch this year’s competition, together with our partner Trócaire, and we look forward to seeing the entries coming in over the coming months,” she said. “The judges are always impressed with the high quality of the poems submitted and the creativity, thoughtfulness and sensitivity to the world around us that is always evident in the entries.”

Joanne McGarry, Campaigns and Volunteers Manager at Trócaire, said: “It is always a great feeling to launch the Trócaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition, as anticipation builds for the wonderful entries we will receive. I’m sure 2022 will bring more creative and inspirational poems than we’ve seen in previous contest years.

This year’s jury includes poet Catherine Ann Cullen, Aidan Clifford, retired former director of the Curriculum Development Unit, and Joanne McGarry of Trócaire.

The contest is always free and past entrants include Eileen Casey, David Mohan Angela T. Carr, Afric McGlinchey, Dairena Ní Chinnéide, Jane Clarke, Eleanor Hooker and Joseph Horgan among many others.

Attractive prizes on offer include: a two-week stay at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, or a tablet or time in a recording studio worth €300 (for spoken word poets) plus a subscription to a year at Poetry Revue of Ireland.

For more information and to participate, go to https://www. poetryireland.ie/education/ trocaire-poetry-ireland-poetry-competition/