The winner of Hawk’s Well Theatre’s first ever ‘Children’s Poet of the Year Competition’ entitled “The Cat and The Moon” is Carrie McDaid, age 10 from Drumlease National School, Leitrim.
The winner was announced by The Minister for Arts Jimmy Deenihan at Drumcliff on Yeats Day Wednesday, June 13 where Carrie read her poem and was awarded a specially designed plaque, co-ordinated by Martina Hamilton in The Cat and the Moon.
Edel Morrison, age 10 from Ardvarney National School, Leitrim was one of nine other local poets commended for their entries. Throughout the month of May the Hawk’s Well Theatre searched for all budding poets aged 8 -10 years old. 453 aspiring young poets composed a poem five lines long called ‘The Cat and the Moon’ and sent their poem to the Hawk’s Well Theatre, Temple Street Sligo. The Judges of the competition were The Speks - a band of musicians who live on Glasses Island and play music all day. They were very impressed with the level of talent from all the young poets who entered.
Along with the specially designed trophy Carrie has also won a free place on the Hawk’s Well’s Summer Drama Camp with Fiona McGeown from July 2-6. Her winning poem will also be printed and displayed in The Cat and the Moon Shop, Castle Street, Sligo and in the Hawk’s Well Theatre foyer and website.
The Cat and the Moon
The contented cat gazed up at the chalky moon,
Allowing it to reflect off his eyes,
Creating two ivory, white pearls,
The crescent shaped moon sat perfectly in the sky,
Carrie McDaid, Age 10,
Drumlease National School, Co Leitrim