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7 June 2018 Editor of The Moth to launch her debut novel
Described by Patrick McCabe as 'maybe the truest depiction of Irish rural girlhood since Edna O'Brien's Girl with Green Eyes'
,Rebecca O'Connor's novel He Is Mine and I Have No Other
is published by Canongate on 7 June. See her website
for more details.
4 June 2018 Winner of The Caterpillar Poetry Prize to be announced
The winner of this year's prize, judged by Daljit Nagra, is Natalya Anderson.
6 March 2018 €10,000 Moth Poetry Prize shortlist announced
The four shortlisted poems appear in the spring issue of The Moth, available to purchase here. The overall winner of €10,000 will be announced at a special award ceremony at Poetry Ireland on 26 April.
December 2017 Winners of The Caterpillar Story for Children Prize announced
7 September 2017 Winners of The Moth Short Story Prize announced
Read here about the winners of this year's Moth Short Story Prize - Georgina Aboud, Faith Merino and Owen Booth.
1 September 2017 Eccentric portraits set in luscious New York interiors win Moth Art Prize
Bradley Wood, a New York-based artist, wins this year's Moth Art Prize.
29 June 2017 Rebecca O'Connor's 'intense debut' to Canongate
Co-director and editor of The Moth and The Caterpillar to publish debut novel He Is Mine and I Have No Other with Canongate spring 2018.
7 June 2017 New €10,000 Moth Poetry Prize to replace Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize
The prize details remain the same, with 3 runner-up prizes of €1,000 and the shortlisted poems appearing in the spring issue of The Moth. Daljit Nagra to judge this year. Find out more here.
27 April 2017 Winner of Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize announced
Lee Sharkey wins €10,000 prize for her poem Dear Al. You can read all about it here.
27 April 2017 Ballymaloe Poetry Prize Award Ceremony at Poetry Ireland
Join us as all four shortlisted poets read their winning poems and the overall winner of €10,000 is announced as part of this year's Ireland Poetry Day celebrations at Poetry Ireland. Free tickets available here. Event commences promptly at 6.30pm.
10 March 2017 Ballymaloe Poetry Prize shortlist announced
This year's judge Deborah Landau reaveals her shortlist. The overall winner of the €10k prize will be announced on 27 April. 3 September 2016 The Moth at Electric Picnic
7 September 2016 Winners of Moth Short Story Prize announced
Congratulations to this year's winners ?Nikki McWatters, Sheila Armstrong and Kelly McCaughrain ?nbsp;who you can read about in the Irish Times and here. Their stories feature in the autumn 2016 issue of The Moth, available to purchase here.
The Moth will be in the Word tent in Mindfield at 4pm on Saturday, where Will Govan will read the greatest hits from The Moth, Rebecca O'Connor will sing poems from her collection We'll Sing Blackbird, and the award-winning poet Daljit Nagra will read.
David Piddock will spend a month at The Moth's new artists' residence and receive €1,000. His work adorns the cover of the autumn issue of The Moth and is also featured inside its pages.
This year's winner, Abigail Parry, was awarded €10,000 for her poem 'Arterial'. You can read all about it in the Irish Times.
10 March 2016 Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize Shortlist Announced
The four shortlisted poems this year, chosen by judge Billy Collins, are by Natalya Anderson, James Leader, David McLoghlin and Abigail Parry. The winner, who will receive €10,000, will be announced at an award ceremony in Dublin on 13 April.
January 2016 New Moth Art Prize launched
The Moth is as much about art as it is about literature, and so to celebrate we have launched the Moth Art Prize. The winner will receive a €1,000 travel stipend and a month's residency at our new residential studio in rural Ireland.
September 2015 Philosophical Tale about a Mouse wins Caterpillar Short Story Prize
Richard J. Jones' philosophical tale for children 'Let's Say I Am' won the inaugural prize for stories written for children and is published in the winter 2015 issue of The Caterpillar.
August 2015 Billy Collins Announced as Judge of Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize 2015
The Moth is very excited to have former US Poet Laureate judge this year's prize, worth €13,000.
June 2015 Ann Gray's 'My Blue Hen' shortlisted for Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2015
'My Blue Hen' was chosen by Marie Howe as the winner of the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize in 2014, and is justifiably shortlisted for this esteemed poetry prize.
The Moth Celebrates 5 Years
You can read all about our trials in tribulations in the Irish Times.
June 2015 Scottish poet wins new €1,000 Caterpillar children's poetry prize
Thrilled to announce Louise Greig's 'Don't Think of an Elephant' as the winner of the inaugural Caterpillar Poetry Prize.
23 April 2015 Lisa Bickmore wins €10,000 Ballymaloe Poetry Prize with ode to love and loss
Lisa Bickmore presented with a cheque for €10,000 by Darina Allen at this special event at the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin. 7?pm. 9 March 2015 Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize shortlist announced
The shortlisted poems appear in the spring issue of The Moth
, which you can purchase here for €5 (including postage to anywhere in the world).19 September 2014 Moth Short Story Prizegiving at the Winding Stair Bookshop
Join us at the Winding Stair Bookshop on Ormond Quay in Dublin to celebrate the winners of this year's prize, from 7 pm onwards. 1 September 2014 Inaugural Caterpillar Poetry Prize Launch
The publishers of The Moth and The Caterpillar are looking for an outstanding poem for children written by an adult to which they can award €1,000. Closing date 31 March 2015. See www.thecaterpillarmagazine.com for more details.
1 June 2014 Editor of The Moth at Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival
Rebecca O'Connor, editor of The Moth
, in conversation with Maurice Riordan, editor of The Poetry Review
, followed by a reading. See bodminmoorpoetryfestival.co.uk.Rebecca O'Connor's poem 'The Lakes' commended by the Forward Prize judges
'The Lake's, which appears in her collection We'll Sing Blackbird
, appears in the Forward Prize Anthology 2014
. 17 May 2014 Ballymaloe Poetry Prizewinners Reading
year’s winners give a special reading at The Blackbird in Ballycotton, Co. Cork on Saturday 17 May from
7.30 pm. All are welcome to this free event.
12−13 April 2014 Portraiture with Heloise Toop
Portraitist Heloise Toop brings her expertise and experience to the Moth Studios for one weekend only. Saturday and Sunday 10am−5pm. The course costs €120 and places are limited. Contact enquiries@ Free bonus trials can be cashed out www.countrycedarinn.com or call 049 4362677 to book.
29−30 March 2014 A Brush with The Moth
The first in a series of workshops in painting for beginners with the co-director of The Moth, Will Govan. Saturday and Sunday 10am−5pm, with drinks at The Moth on Saturday evening. The course costs €100 and places are limited. Contact enquiries@ Free bonus trials can be cashed out www.countrycedarinn.com or call 049 4362677 to bookFeburary‒April 2014 A Lock of Fierce Roars by John McManus
John McManus's A Lock of Fierce Roars
is currently touring the country with Moth Productions. For further details click here
The Caterpillar is one of John Hegley's 'top ten children's poetry books' in The Guardian
It 's not even a book, but it still makes it on to the list! How about that for sneaky? Sharing the limelight with the likes of Carol Ann Duffy, Michael Rosen and Jacqueline Wilson. You can check out the list here
Rebecca O'Connor's collection We'll Sing Blackbird shortlisted for the Strong/Shine Award
The judge, Billy Ramsell, will announce the winner at a special award ceremony on 8 September at the Mountains to Sea Festival in Dun Laoghaire.
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20 September 2013 Launch of The Moth and exhibition of new work by Pawel Kleszczewski
Join us to celebrate the launch of the autumn 2013 issue of The Moth
and The Caterpillar
, alongside an exhibition of new work by Pawel Kleszczewski at The Moth, running until 18 October. From 7.30pm
Venue: The Moth, 81 Church Street, Cavan
8 September 2013 Rebecca O'Connor to read at Mountains to Sea Festival
Rebecca will read, alongside the other shortlisted poets, at the Strong/Shine Award ceremony for best first collection. Event starts at 1 p.m.
Venue: The Kingston Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. DublinThe Quare Land by John McManus on tour August‒December 2013
John McManus's The Quare Land
, in association with the Social Initiative and sponsored by the Cavan Institute, is currently touring GAA clubs throughout Ireland. For further details click here
.7 June 2013 New York Launch of Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize 2013
Join Darina Allen and ourselves at Pete's Candy Store in Brooklyn to celebrate this year's prize, with prizes of €10,000, €2,000 and €1,000 for a single poem! Readings by Nick Laird, Catherine Barnett and this year's judge, New York State Poet Laureate Marie Howe. From 7pm. Check out details of competition here
Venue: Pete's Candy Store, 709 Lorimer St Brooklyn, NY 112112 June 2013 Launch of the first issue of The Caterpillar
A party at The Moth in Cavan to celebrate the launch of this new magazine for children (aged 7‒12). There'll be a wonderful sea-world exhibition by Kasia Zimnoch, funny readings by Tommy Sharkey and Will Govan, music, games, and sweets and treats. 3‒5pm. See www.thecaterpillarmagazine.com
for more details.
Venue: The Moth, 81 Church Street, Cavan, Ireland25−26 May 2013 Portraiture Workshop with Caroline Fay at The Moth Studios
An intensive two-day workshop in portraiture in oils for beginners and those who have dabbled. See www.themothstudios.com
for more details. 30 March 2013 Ballymaloe Poetry Prize Award Ceremony
A special prizegiving event at Ballymaloe Cookery School, with readings by the three winning poets and a selection of beautiful food from Darina Allen's kitchen. From 5‒7pm. Tickets available at www.cookingisfun.ie.
Venue: Ballymaloe Cookery School, Shanagarry, Co. Cork26‒27 January 2013 Abbie Lathe Singing Workshop at The Moth Studios
Award-winning singer-songwriter and teacher, Abbie Lathe, will be giving a unique weekend workshop in singing. Bound to be an uplifting experience.
22 November 2012 Launch of Rebecca O'Connors poetry collection We'll Sing Blackbird
Join us at the Moth to celebrate the launch of Rebecca's first full collection of poems with a short reading and drinks from 7.30‒
Venue: The Moth Studios
, 81 Church Street, Cavan, Co. Cavan
27 October 2012 Master Class in Novel Writing with Christine Dwyer Hickey
An intensive one-day workshop with the author of the Irish Kerry Group Book of the Year 2012. For more details contact Rebecca O'Connor at editor@ Free bonus trials can be cashed out www.countrycedarinn.com
or call (0)49 4362677.
Venue: The Moth Studios, 81 Church Street, Cavan, Co. Cavan
16‒20 August 2012 The Moth at the Fleadh Cheoil in Cavan Town
The Moth will be hosting an arts and literature extravaganza at the Moth Studios
in Cavan Town during the world's largest traditional Irish music festival, with live music, poetry, a 'Michael D. Higgins Prize' and art exhibitions.
7 June 2012 Launch Night: The Stinging Fly and The Moth at Dublin Writers' Festival
With live readings by featured guest writers Christine Dwyer Hickey, Rebecca O’Connor, Kit Fryatt and Billy Ramsell, this after-dark soirée offers a relaxed and informal encounter with tomorrow’s established and rising literary stars. 9.30pm.
Venue: Odessa Club, 13 Dame Court, Dublin 2
13 May 2012 Open Day and Launch of Pauline Halton Exhibition at the Moth Studios
Learn about the various courses and workshops on offer at the studios and enjoy a new exhibition of oil paintings by celebrated local artist Pauline Halton.
Venue: 81 Church Street, Cavan Town
25 March 2012 Ballymaloe Poetry Prize Award Ceremony
Celebrations at the beautiful Grain Store at Ballymaloe House
in Co. Cork, with readings from the judge Matthew Sweeney and the winning poets. 6‒8.30pm.
Venue: The Grain Store, Ballymaloe House, Shanagarry, Co. Cork
Victor's Dung Social Initiative Tour Feb‒April 2012
Seamus O'Rourke's Victor's Dung, in association with the Social Initiative and sponsored by Calor, is currently touring GAA clubs throughout Ireland. For further details click here.
2 December 2011 Moth Christmas Party and Second Floor Studios Exhibition
Join us upstairs at the Abbey Bar to celebrate a year in the life of The Moth and the Second Floor Studios ‒ and the launch of the winter issue ‒ from 8pm till late.
Venue: The Abbey Bar, Coleman Road, Cavan
31 October 2011 Shakespeare & Co. Event
Christine Dwyer Hickey will read from her new novel The Cold Eye of Heaven, the elusive Robert McLiam Wilson will read something surprising, and poet and editor of The Moth, Rebecca O’Connor, will read a selection of her work and some of her favourite poems from the last six issues of the magazine. Afterwards stay for the swinging tunes of a stupendous Parisian swing band. From 7 p.m. onwards.
Venue: Shakespeare & Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 75005
7 October 2011 Launch of new 'moth editions' series
Readings by Dermot Healy, Ted McCarthy, Kate Dempsey and Ciarán O’Rourke. From 7.30pm onwards. Please do come along and celebrate this new venture with us.
Venue: Moth office, Second Floor Studios, The Former See House, Kilmore, Cavan
23 September 2011 Open House at Second Floor Studios and Moth HQ
The editor of The Moth, Rebecca O’Connor, and Will Govan, the director of The Second Floor Studios, invite you to celebrate Culture Night at an open evening at The Former See House. Have your portrait drawn, sing along with musician-in-residence Cormac McCann, listen to poems by Rebecca O'Connor and enjoy a guided tour of the studios and Moth office. From 7‒9pm.
Venue: Second Floor Studios, The Former See House, Kilmore, Cavan
7 July 2011 Launch of the inaugural Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize in Dublin
The official launch, not to be missed. With readings by Eileen Casey, Anne Haverty and Gerard Smyth, all featuring in the summer 2011 issue of The Moth. From 7 p.m. onwards. All welcome.
Venue: The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin
2 July 2011 Poetry and Short Stories Publishing Seminar
Talks will be given by Ciaran Carty, editor of New Irish Writing; Declan Meade, editor of The Stinging Fly; Rebecca O' Connor, poet and editor of The Moth; Jessie Lendennie, managing director of Salmon Poetry; Kevin Barry, short story writer and novelist; and Kevin Higgins, poet and co-organiser of Over The Edge Reading Series. Full details are available on their website.
Venue: The Irish Writers' Centre
4 June 2011 The Pitch at Listowel Writers Week
Catch this unique production at St. John's Theatre. For details of this and other performances throughout the country click here.
24 February 2011 Premiere of The Pitch by Shane Connaughton
If you're in Cavan then be sure not to miss this production of the award-winning writer's new play in which he takes the lead role. It runs for six nights in total, and tickets are still available at Multisound in Cavan Town on 049 4361312.
27 January 2011 An evening of poetry and wine
Moth contributors Kate Dempsey, Tommy Murray and Seamus O'Rourke join us for an evening of poetry and wine-tasting - with fine wines from the Castillo Perelada winery in Spain and delicious canapes courtesy of Delish, Cavan's finest cafe. From 7.30pm onwards.
Venue: Delish, Abbey Street, Cavan Admission: €10
16 December 2010 London launch of winter 2010 issue (3)
The Moth takes flight in the UK with a launch party in London ‒ with readings by Annie Freud, Adam O'Riordan, Julia Bird, Derek Adams, Meryl Pugh, Todd Swift, Tim Wells and Moris Farhi. Admission free. All welcome.
Venue: Jimmy's, 23 Frith Street, London W1
The Pitch Social Initiative Tour Nov 2011‒Jan 2012
The Pitch, in association with the Social Initiative and sponsored by Calor, is currently touring GAA clubs throughout Ireland. The feedback so far has been tremendous. For more information click here.
The Moth-Altun Short Story Prize
We're delighted to announce the launch of the Moth-Altun Short Story Prize. There's just one overall prize of €1,000 for a story of no more than 2,500 words, and the closing date is 31 March 2012. You can read all about it here.
A New Series of Minature Poetry Books from The Moth
The Moth is launching a new series of miniature poetry books called 'moth editions', which will be published on 7 October (National Poetry Day in Ireland) 2011. The first four titles in the series feature work by Dermot Healy, Kate Dempsey, Ted McCarthy and Ciaran O'Rourke. They're available to purchase on our website and in select outlets.
The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize
It's hard to believe, but the summer 2011 issue of The Moth will be on bookshelves in a few days from now (31 May). Our birthday issue! And to celebrate, we're launching the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize. See 'Forthcoming Events' below for more details.
Moth Contributor Wins Hennessy Literary Award
Eileen Casey has just won the Hennessy Literary Award for Emerging Fiction. Her story, 'Put your Shoes on, Susie, We're Going out Tonight' featured in issue 2 of The Moth, and her poetry will feature in issue 5 (June 2012).
The Pitch On Tour Spring/Summer 2011
The second leg of the Gonzo performance of Shane Connaughton's play The Pitch (with Connaughton himself playing the lead) takes place this Thursday 3 March. It will be touring Ireland in May and June, ending at the New Theatre in Temple Bar, Dublin. Click here for more details.
London Launch Winter 2010
We're delighted to say that The Moth is now stocked in several bookshops throughout London, including the London Review Bookshop. The London launch at Jimmy's Greek restaurant in Soho was a hoot, even if the PA system was banjaxed and the poets had to shout above the din.
Free bonus trials can be cashed out had this to say about the magazine: 'The Moth is a rare gem ... Something quite special has been created by O'Connor and Govan, not only in the exceptional content of the magazine, but also in the elegantly set print and pages.'
Dublin Launch Autumn 2010
The Dublin Moth party, which was held at the wonderful Winding Stair on 16 September 2010, featured readings by Niamh Bagnell, Kate Dempsey, John McKeown and Shane Connaughton. It got a little mention in the Irish Times ...