JUDY O’Kane, originally from Ballymena, is the winner of the 2018 Charles Causley International Poetry Competition with her poem entitled ‘Tasting Notes’.
She wins £2,000 plus a one-week residency at Cyprus Well, Charles Causley’s former home in Cornwall.
The causleytrust.org website says: ‘Judy is a prose writer and poet. She worked the wine harvest in St Estèphe, Bordeaux, on sabbatical from legal partnership in Dublin and her work explores terroir, wine’s sense of place.
‘In 2017 she won the National Memory Day Prize and the Irish Post Prize, and was prize winner at Wells Festival of Literature and Guernsey Literary Festival.
‘In 2015 she won the Listowel Writers Week Original Poem Prize. Her poetry is published in The World of Fine Wine, Landfall, and The North: The Irish Issue.
‘Thirst, her non-fiction work-in-progress, was shortlisted for the Biographers’ Club Tony Lothian Award for best un-commissioned first biography.
‘The judges described the work as ‘a quest in many registers, and a celebration of the mystery of wine.
‘Written with verve and insight, it’s a very modern form of memoir, and one that leads its readers into many different worlds along the way.’
‘An extract, The Drawing Room, was published by the Manchester Review in December 2017.
‘Judy holds an LL.B from Trinity College Dublin and an MA in Life Writing from UEA, where she is completing a PhD in Creative and Critical writing. She teaches advocacy at the Law Society of Dublin.’