The winners of the Book of Kells Creative Competition were announced last night (17th January) at a special prize-giving ceremony at Trinity College Dublin.
The competition, inviting submissions of poetry, prose and art, celebrates one of Ireland’s greatest cultural treasures and the world’s most famous medieval manuscript. The 9th century book is a richly decorated copy of the four Gospels of the life of Jesus Christ. It is on display at the Old Library building in Trinity.
The winners of each category were:
Adult Art Category: Claire Horgan – ‘Extinction on the Horizon’
Adult Writing Competition: Adam Trodd – ‘Dublin’
Primary School Art Category: Tommy Pearl, St Paul’s Senior National School, Dublin – untitled
Primary School Writing Category: Niamh Ryan, St Hugh’s National School, Co. Leitrim – ‘Johnathan Silver: The Woolly Sheep’
Secondary School Art Category: Cara Pilbeam – St Vincent’s, Co Louth – untitled
Secondary School Writing Category: Saoirse Chu, – My Ocean, Pobailscoil Ghaoth – ‘Book of Kells’
All the winning pieces, along with the runners-up, can be viewed on the competition’s Facebook page.
Entires are already open for the 2018 competition. Get your pens and paint brushes out, and write a poem, short story or create a drawing or painting based on the images of animals from the world’s most famous medieval manuscript. This year, the judges will be looking for modern and innovative interpretations of the animals in the Book of Kells. The deadline is Friday 30th November 2018 at 12 noon.