Fool for Poetry Competition

Launch of prizewinning chapbooks by Virginia Astley & Victoria Kennefick.


Virginia AstleyVictoria Kennefick

11 February, 2015 at 2.30pm, Cork Central Library


Virginia Astley was one the winners of the 2014 Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition for her manuscript The Curative Harp. She lives in West Dorset. As a songwriter, she has released five albums and is published by Warner Chappell. Her poetry has been published by Caught by the River, the Bridport Prize, the New Writer and the Frogmore Papers.

Victoria Kennefick was one the winners of the 2014 Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition for her manuscript The White Whale. She completed a PhD in English in 2009 and is a Fulbright Scholar. Her poetry has appeared in Southword, The Stinging Fly and New Irish Writing, among others. She was winner of the Red Line Book Festival Poetry Prize 2013 and her work has been shortlisted for numerous other awards. Originally from Shanagarry Co. Cork, she now lives in Co. Kerry. Read her poem in Southword Journal.


Both chapbooks will be available for purchase at the Cork Spring Poetry Festival bookstall, or at our online bookshop.


About the Fool For Poetry Competition

The Fool for Poetry Competition is open to new, emerging and established poets from any country BUT at least one of the winners will be a debutante (with no chapbook or book published previously). 25 - 50 other entrants will be publicly listed as "highly commended". The two winning chapbooks will be published with striking cover designs, ISBNs, barcodes and will be offered for sale internationally through our own website, Amazon, and selected independent book sellers. The winning poets will be considered for the 2015 Cork Spring Poetry Festival programme, will be guaranteed a review in Southword Journal and have their chapbooks entered for the UK Forward Prize for best poem and anthology. The winners will be selected by a panel chosen by the management board of Southword Editions.






Cork Spring Poetry Festival