Poets Mark Roper and Jo Slade are joint winners of the Michael Hartnett Poetry Award 2014. This year’s judges, Theo Dorgan and Moya Cannon, chose Roper’s collection A Gather of Shadow (Dedalus Press) and Slade’s A Painter’s House (Salmon Poetry) from a large volume of submissions, finding them to be “poets whose vision and technique have been honed over a considerable period of time and whose work merits particular recognition.
In both cases the voice is absolutely distinctive. In both cases there are poems which resonate in the reader’s consciousness and which invite revisiting long after the volume has been closed.”
The Michael Hartnett Poetry Award was established in 2000 and has grown to become one of the most prestigious awards in the Irish-poetry calendar.