Colin Hassard is a poet from Banbridge. He has twice been Ulster Poetry Slam Champion, was Runner Up in the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing 2018 and shortlisted for the Aurivo North West Words Poetry Competition 2019. His debut poetry book Age of the Microwave Dinner was released in April 2021 through Doire Press.


As well as being a regular poet on BBC Radio Ulster, Colin has performed on Sky One and is the current Writer-in-Residence for the Duncairn Arts Centre in Belfast. This follows on from previous residencies for the Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival 2015 and Big Telly Theatre Co's Shop's Project 2016. 


Colin is also a musician and lyricist. His first single, We Who Have No Flagsreceived national radio airplay and was described by the Belfast Telegraph as "an anthem for a new generation". In more recent years he has been performing with his band Dirty Words. Their debut album was released in 2018 and led to the band performing at a number of Irish festivals and supporting Duke Special. 


Colin is the recipient of two funding awards from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.


  • 2021 Seamus Heaney New Writing Award - Longlisted

  • 2020 Wexford Literary Festival Cursed Murphy Spoken Award (Joint Winner)

  • 2019 Aurivo North West Words Poetry Competition - Shortlisted

  • 2018 Seamus Heaney New Writing Award - Runner Up

  • 2018 - Eyewear Publishing Best New British & Irish Poets

  • 2013 Ulster Poetry Slam - Winner

  • 2013 Belly Laughs Comedy Festival Poetry Slam - Winner

  • 2012 Newcastle Arts Festival Poetry Slam - Runner Up

  • 2012 Belfast Culture Night Poetry Slam - Winner

  • 2011 Belfast Book Festival Poetry Slam - Winner

  • 2010 Ulster Poetry Slam - Winner