Poetry Talent Runs In The Family As Lorraine Collects Prize

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Lorraine Carey and her daughter Elise Carey-McGibney (10).

A FENIT woman was a finalist in a recent all-Ireland poetry competition organised by Trócaire with Poetry Ireland.

Lorraine Carey from Fenit, entered the competition on the theme of ‘Before the Storm’ and came joint-runner up..

2017 is the third year Lorraine attended the annual awards ceremony, but this time it was to collect her own prize.

Literary talent clearly runs in the family, because in 2015 and 2016, Lorraine’s daughter Elise Carey-McGibney was a finalist in the Junior Primary School category of the competition, the first time when she was only eight years old.

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Lorraine’s debut poetry collection ‘From Doll House Windows’ was launched at Listowel Writers’ Week, marking 2017 as a breakthrough year for this emerging poet.



Lorraine Carey pictured with her daughter, Elise (10), at the National Library of Ireland, Dublin.

Lorraine’s prize-winning poem, ‘Signs’, explores the knowingness of the natural world as it braces itself to prepare for an oncoming storm.

In rich, vivid language, the poem signposts the coming darkness, as ‘trawlers retreat, return to port, moor along harbour walls, the water lines markers of a moon’s cycle, as they dip, climb and fall’ and how, along the coastline, ‘terns and gulls wrench worms in the lull before the squall’.

Copies of the poetry booklet are available from Trócaire, by e-mailing info@trocaire.org and full information is available on  https://www.trocaire.org/getinvolved/poetry-competition

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