The Viva Voice
Demonstrate your Poetic Prowess…
Join us for a lively afternoon of poetry, song and story. Participate in the ‘Open Mic’ where prize money will be awarded for the best performed original poem and the best performed Hartnett poem. Prize money of €300 for the Viva Voce winner in the original poem category and €100 for best read Hartnett Poem.
Viva Voce adjudicating panel: James Harpur, Helena Close and Paddy Bushe.
Venue: Ned Lynch’s, The Square, then onto Cartlidge’s Pub, Maiden Street.
Bí Linn agus Fáilte / All Welcome
Viva Voce 2011 Winners
2011 marked the second year of the Michael Hartnett Viva Voce competition. It was a very lively afternoon with a healthy interest in the original poem category and in the best performed Hartnett poem category. Noel King from Tralee was selected as the winner in the original poem category for his poem ‘The Statistics and I.’ The announcement of the joint winners of the best read Hartnett poem was greeted with great applause when Newcastle West locals Margaret Cahill and Sean Kelly shared the ‘necklace of wrens’. Margaret read ‘On those who stole my cat a curse’ and Sean read ‘The Maiden Street Ballad’
Open Competition Winner: Noel King
Sadly since this happy day at Eigse Michael Hartnett 2011, the Joint Winner in the Hartnett Viva Voce section Ms. Margaret Cahill has passed away. A very popular winner on the day with her reading of Hartnett’s ‘On Those Who Stole My Cat A Curse’, Margaret was a great enthusiast and participant in arts events in Newcastle West and her bright spirit will be missed at this year’s Éigse.
Ar Dheis Dé A Anam Dilis
Viva Voce 2010 Winners
Open Competition Winner: Mike Gallagher.
Hartnett Competition Winner: Louis Mulcahy
Mike Gallagher, Hartnett Viva Voce Winner 2010 has been published extensively throughout Europe, America and Australia. Born on Achill Island, County Mayo, he lived for 40 years in London and personally experienced the sense of displacement, despair and anger that emigration visited on previous generations, an experience that is now being forced on a new generation. His poem “Stick on Stone” which was chosen as the winning Viva Voce reflects these emotions.