Tools for Solidarity, the Belfast based charity, have announced their shortlist for the Solidarity Poetry Competition.
Judged by Maria McManus and Deirdre Cartmill, the competition attracted a huge response, with entries received from every continent but South America and Antarctica (although the competition vows to cover these areas next year…)
The shortlisted poets (in alphabetical order) are:
Frances Corkey Thompson
Abigail Ardelle Zammit
The judges have also commend six poems on the longlist. The poets are Peter Adair, Roger Elkin, Douglas Graham, Thomas Hutchinson, Sophie Kirtley and Laila Sumpton.
Tools For Solidarity establishes partnerships to enable practical support to the artisan and training sectors in some of the poorest countries in the world. It collects and receives unused and unwanted tools and machinery checking and repairing them, if needed, before being sent out and reused overseas. TFS has been working in Tanzania and Uganda for over 20 years and focuses on an integrated development model to support vulnerable people.
The winner will be announced at an Awards Night on 9th June in the Crescent Arts Centre, hosted by comedian Tim McGarry, as part of the Belfast Book Festival. Suggested donation is £3, with all proceeds going to the charity.