Prize-winning poet Kate Ennals will judge the entries in the 2022 Allingham Poetry Competition. The competition is open now through to September 16.

Kate is the author of three collections of poetry: ‘At The Edge’, ‘Threads’, and ‘Elsewhere’. Winner of the Westport Arts Festival Poetry Competition in 2017, Kate’s work has been published in literary and online journals including Crannog, The International Lakeview Journal, Boyne Berries and many more.

Kate, who has lived in Ireland for almost 30 years, is a well-known leader of poetry and writing workshops, and organises At The Edge – Cavan, a series of literary readings funded by the Cavan Arts Office.

Before earning an MA in Writing at NUI Galway in 2012, Kate worked in UK local government and the Irish community sector. She is currently a board member of PEN na h’Eireann/PEN Ireland, and her blog can be found at

The awards ceremony for the winning entries in the Allingham Poetry and Flash Fiction competitions will be webcast during the upcoming festival, which runs from November 2 to 6.

Based in Ballyshannon, the festival will also host ‘Bird on the Wire’, described as a haunting performance of the music of Leonard Cohen, featuring Pauline Scanlon and The Whileaways, plus other events from the worlds of literature, music, the arts and public affairs.

For the full schedule and programme details, see, with guidelines and entry forms available online at