We are delighted to announce that the Wexford Literary Festival International Poetry Award has been renamed, to honor one of Wexford’s great literary talents.
From immediate effect, the award is now called:
ANTHONY CRONIN INTERNATIONAL POETRY AWARD
Anthony Cronin was a poet, novelist, biographer and critic. He was among the foremost cultural commentators in Ireland in the late 20th and early 21st century.
Born in Enniscorthy in 1928, his father was a reporter on the Enniscorthy Echo. His parents also ran a small shop, which his mother managed. He attended Blackrock College in Dublin, where he wrote his first poems. As a student in UCD, he was very active in the Literary and Historical Society.
With this in mind, it seemed only fitting that Wexford Literary Festival remember him, to ensure that his legacy lives on for many years to come.
His wife, Anne Haverty, will join us at the award ceremony, in Enniscorthy’s Athenaeum, on Sunday May 21st, to make the presentation to the winning poets.
Full submission details can be found here