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On Monday 14th October, Ethan Carter, Kathleen Malone, Julia Miszuk and Veda Muruga Perumal competed in the regional rounds of Poetry Aloud 2019 at the Linen Hall Library, Belfast.

Poetry Aloud is an annual poetry speaking competition open to all post-primary students on the island of Ireland. It is organised by Poetry Ireland and the National Library of Ireland. Since it was launched in 2006, Poetry Aloud has grown from just a few hundred entries to over 2,000 entries in 2018.

The late Seamus Heaney was a significant supporter of Poetry Aloud. When he won the David Cohen Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Literature, he nominated Poetry Aloud for the accompanying Clarissa Luard Award, and he remarked, “I truly believe Poetry Aloud deserves all the support it can get, because it promotes literature, and, in particular, poetry, widely, intimately and to inestimable effect. But fundamentally, I choose it because it brings poetry into the memory and affections of the young in a way that will make it a lifelong possession and value”.

Congratulations to Kathleen Malone on reaching the semi-final, which will be held at the National Library of Ireland in November.

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