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The fourth Mairtín Crawford Poetry Award will be judged by Moyra Donaldson and Naomi Foyle. 

The third Mairtín Crawford Short Story Award will be judged by Lucy Caldwell and Rachael Kelly. 

Moyra Donaldson is a poet and creative writing facilitator from Northern Ireland. She has published nine collections of poetry, including a limited-edition publication of artwork and poems, Blood Horses, in collaboration with artist Paddy Lennon. Her most recent collection is Carnivorous, Doire Press, 2019. In 2019, she received a Major Individual Artist award from Arts Council NI.

Naomi Foyle is a British-Canadian writer, editor, educator, and activist. Her many poetry publications include the collections The Night Pavilion (Waterloo Press, UK), an Autumn 2008 Poetry Book Society Recommendation and Adamantine (Red Hen/Pighog Press, US/UK, 2019); and the pamphlet No Enemy but Time (Waterloo Press, 2017), featuring elegies for Maírtin Crawford and his mother, Flo Crawford. Also a science fiction novelist, essayist, verse dramatist, and editor of the bilingual anthology A Blade of Grass: New Palestinian Poetry (Smokestack Books), for her poetry and essays about Ukraine she was awarded the 2014 Hryhorii Skovoroda prize. Naomi Foyle teaches creative writing at the University of Chichester, and lives in Brighton UK. She is currently writing poems and adapting her eco-SF quartet The Gaia Chronicles for a puppet theatre production.  

Lucy Caldwell is the author of three novels, one short story collection, Multitudes, and several stage plays & radio dramas. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, her awards include the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright, a Fiction Uncovered Award and a Major Individual Artist Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. In 2019, she edited Being Various, the latest volume in the ongoing Faber series of New Irish Short Stories.

Rachael Kelly’s first novel, The Edge of Heaven, was a winner of the Irish Writers’ Centre Novel Fair and was published by NewCon Press in April 2020. She is the recipient of an Arts Council NI Artists Career Enhancement Scheme Award. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of publications, including Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Deraciné Magazine, and Aurealis. She has a PhD in Film Theory, and is co-director of CinePunked, an interactive discussion platform for film-lovers. 

 

 

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