A Tipperary man has been named winner of the prestigious 2016 Patrick Kavanagh Award for poetry. is Laurence O’Dwyer.
Brian Lynch, the judge of the competition, said that Laurence O’Dwyer from Tipperary 'is an exceptional talent and should go on to become an essential poet of the future’.
O’Dwyer was presented with the award and a €1,000 at the Patrick Kavanagh Centre in Inniskeen, Co. Monaghan on Friday last.
Born in Tipperary in 1977, Laurence O’Dwyer is a graduate of University College Cork (BSc Physiology, 2000) and holds a PhD in ‘paradigms of memory formation’ from Trinity College Dublin. His brain imaging research in autism and Alzheimer’s disease has been published in a range of academic journals and his science journalism appears in the Guardian and the Irish Medical Times.
The keynote speaker at this year’s Kavanagh Weekend is the novelist Pat McCabe whose lecture is entitled, ‘Howl On: a Whiter Shade of Shancoduff – Patrick Kavanagh on the brink of Psychedelia’.
At the opening of the Weekend the Centre will be presented with the library of books, some very rare, that the late Antoinette Quinn collected for research on her groundbreaking biography of Patrick Kavanagh.
The Centre is extremely grateful for this generous gift made on behalf of the Quinn family.
The quality of the entries for this year’s poetry competition was extremely high, according to Brian Lynch, President of the Patrick Kavanagh Society. Sixteen entrants were highly commended.