Thursday, December 22, 2005

WhiteHouePoets Christmas Poetry Slam 2005 Results

Barney Sheehan presenting a DVD recorder to the new White House Poets slam champion John Carmody.

White House Poets Slam Champion 2005

The annual White House Poets Christmas poetry slam took place on Wednesay last
at the White House bar and attracted a record entry of 17 poets, all vying for
the top prize of a DVD recorder and the honour of being crowned the slam
champion of 2005.

Amid scenes of seasonal good cheer and merriment an enthuastis and appreciative audience packed into the famous old world bar and saw John Carmody walk away with the top prize. Always a favourite with the crowd John was delighted to have won having just missed out last year, to another regular at the White House, Canadian Robin Parmar.

The competition was run off in two parts, first a prelininary round and then a final. Five poets made it through to the final, John Carmody, Ger Sheehy, Andrew Curtin, Padraig Meehan and Mark Deane. In a tense final round John Carmody was the winner closely followed by Ger Sheehy in second place.

Barney Sheehan, the man most responsible for popularising poetry in Limerick, thanked everyone for coming and for making the weekly Poetry Revival reading the most successful in the country. He looked forward to another year of readings in 2006 and encouraged those who have not yet found their poetry voice to stand up at the microphone and let us hear your poems in 2006.

This year also saw the WhiteHousePoets launch their own anthology, Microphone On, creating a
permanent record of all those who have read at the White House over a period of 18 months.