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2020 Competition is now open

Creative Competition

Noah Farrell, Winner 2018

The Book of Kells Creative Competition

The Book of Kells creative competition has been hugely successful in inspiring those both at home and abroad to reimagine Ireland's most famous manuscript. Trinity has received artistic interpretations of the book from all corners of the globe, including Europe, the UK, the US, and Australia, which is a testament to the Book of Kells' enduring appeal. This year, contestants are invited to share art and writing that evokes the theme of 'colours in the Book of Kells’. Winners will be honoured at the annual Book of Kells Creative Competition awards ceremony held in Trinity, and will also receive a VIP trip to the Book of Kells and Old Library exhibition.

How it works


Create a drawing or painting inspired by colours in the Book of Kells.


Write a poem or short story inspired by colours in the Book of Kells.


There is a fantastic range of prizes to be won in each category, across individuals, schools, clubs and societies, including cash prizes and VIP trips. Each winner will also receive a certificate of merit and an invitation to the exclusive creative competition awards ceremony held at Trinity College Dublin.

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The Book of Kells and Old Library will re-open from 10 August 2020. Buy Tickets Now