Open Mic & Poetry Competition
A much-loved festival fixture, this Open Mic night draws poets and musicians from all over to perform their work.
The highlight of the evening is the announcement of the winners of the annual Westival International Poetry Competition, which attracts huge volumes of entries from around the world.
With a first prize of €1,000, the competition is judged by three highly acclaimed Irish poets, Ger Reidy, Geraldine Mitchell and John McAuliffe. Many previous winners have gone on to become well-established poets. Hear their work first at The Wyatt!
Last Year's Winning Poem:
limbs stretched like starched shirts
abandoned on a washing line,
fingers, stalacto-stalagmites of frozen touch.
Winter had finally seized them,
their black crow cloaks no match for the worst
whiteout in a hundred years.
In stories they were witches,
two sisters hiding their eccentricities
in the anonymity of a bog,
magic spells and caldrons
fodder of tale-tellers around the
open fires of my childhood.
But hiding in the pinked dapple
of a rogue beech I had watched them once,
their meagre chatter bouncing off each other
like the sonar of a bat, their faces soft with kindnesses
as one by one they picked words from the earth
and rested them upon the other’s mouth
like a coming melt of snow.