Poetry Ireland Events 8 April
Poetry Ireland

Spring has finally sprung, just in time for our April events newsletter. We've plenty to keep you entertained over the next few weeks, including Poetry Day Ireland, taking place on Thursday 29 April. Read on to find out about some of the exciting programming coming up on the one-day celebration of poetry, involving people from all over the island of Ireland. 

There's also time to register for your free ticket for 'Come, let the blazing truth blind', which presents poetic responses to the legacy of Ireland's religious-run institutions. It takes place on Sat 17 April at 4pm. 

We've also news of our recently announced partnership with the Poetry Foundation in the U.S. which has the lovely title, 'Hope Rhymes'. And we've an update on the Poemathon with Older People which was unveiled just a couple of weeks ago - it's a collaborative poem that captures the thoughts and feelings of older people, a real moment in history. 

Make sure to check out the piece about the Trócaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition and a round up of some of the poetry events taking place in the next few weeks. 

Until next time, stay safe and mind yourselves, 

The Poetry Ireland team

Poetry Day Ireland programme launched

We're delighted to launch the programme for Poetry Day Ireland 2021, showing that the power of poetry can bring us together even though we are apart. 

Now in its seventh year, this day-long annual celebration of the spoken and written word is presented by Poetry Ireland in partnership with poetry lovers the length and breadth of the country. 

Find out more about the events lined up so far as part of this year's Poetry Day Ireland (with the theme 'New Directions: Maps and Journeys') and see how you can get involved. 


 'Come, let the blazing truth blind'

Saturday 17 April, 4pm
Free online event 

How can we bear witness in literature to suffering, trauma and historical memory? What are the challenges? What are the responsibilities? Bringing together a range of contemporary Irish poets, this online event will feature readings on the subject of Irish Mother and Baby Homes, as well as the wider system of institutions run by church and state. 

Introduced by Caelainn Hogan, author of Republic of Shame, with readings and/ performances by Kimberly Campanello, Annemarie Ní Churreáin, Connie Roberts, Vicky Langan and Jess Kavanagh, the event is co-funded by Poetry Ireland, Maynooth University and The Arts Council.


Poetry Ireland and the Poetry Foundation Announce ‘Hope Rhymes’ Partnership

Poetry Ireland and the Poetry Foundation announce a new multiyear partnership, Hope Rhymes, aimed at connecting communities of poets and audiences in the United States and Ireland, with a focus on engagement with and services for young people.  

The organisations will coordinate to develop and implement a range of programming, beginning in 2021 and continuing into 2023. Alongside alignment across the organisations’ existing programmes, this venture includes a range of new initiatives, including a celebratory event in Washington DC in 2022. 

US President Joseph Biden and Taoiseach Micheál Martin expressed their welcome for the partnership at their St. Patrick’s Day meeting, noting that it, “affirms the inspirational power of poetry.” The leaders expressed a hope that it would “deepen appreciation of each other’s poetic cultures and...facilitate a sharing of experience between poetry teachers and students across the United States and Ireland.’’ 

Poemathon with Older People is unveiled
Feelings of hope, honesty and humour in final poem. 
Read more
Trócaire Poetry Ireland Competition is launched
Submissions open until 7 May, with the theme 'Pathways to Peace'
Read more


In Conversation: Billy Collins and Nick Laird
8 April, 6pm
Part of the International Poets' Series presented by the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen's University Belfast. 
Poet Billy Collins joins Professor of Creative Writing at the Centre and poet, Nick Laird. 

Over the Edge - 12th annual fiction slam
9 April, 8pm - Zoom
With featured readers Alvy Carragher and Una Mannion. 

Northern Irish Voices literary interview series - Irish Cultural Centre
Running over six weeks beginning 11 April
A series focusing on leading voices and writers from Northern Ireland: ex President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, two of Ireland's most esteemed and influential poets, Michael Longley and Frank Ormsby, along with award-winning authors Glenn Patterson, Jan Carson, and Lucy Caldwell. The events will be streamed as six individual author events. 

Ó Bhéal
12 April, 8.30pm
Presenting the Five Words competition winners and celebrating the launch of Five Words Volume XIV. The anniversary open-mic is reserved for poems written by other poets, so bring a favourite or two! Events are held on Zoom and streamed via, Vimeo, FB Live and YouTube.

Launch of Bone House by Moyra Donaldson
14 April, 7pm
Dóire Press host online launch new poetry collection by Moyra Donaldson, including a Q&A. Livestreaming on Facebook, YouTube and Dóire Press' website.

Brendan Kennelly Literary Archive Launch
15 April, 11am
Marking the announcement of the Brendan Kennelly Literary Archive in the Library of Trinity College Dublin and on the occasion of the poet’s eighty fifth birthday later this month, all are welcome to this special online event. 

Poetry at the LexIcon: The Joy of Connection
19 April, 7pm
Bebe Ashley, Seán Hewitt and Richard Scott read from their collections and speak with Rosamund Taylor for this event, which is part of this year's One Dublin One Book event. 

Cúirt Festival
21-25 April
Cúirt International Festival of Literature brings readers and writers together to tell stories, share new perspectives and celebrate writing in all forms. Check out this year's programme for the online festival, including lots of great poetry events. 

Launch of Empty House - Earth Day
22 April, 7pm
Launch of Empty House: Poetry and Prose on the Climate Crisis, edited by Alice Kinsella and Nessa O'Mahony.
Livestreaming on Facebook, YouTube and Dóire Press' website.

Boland: Journey of a Poet
Livestream 22-24 April, On Demand 27 April - 2 May
With words by Eavan Boland, edited by Colm Tóibín and directed by Garry Hynes, Boland: Journey of a Poet is a new theatrical production exploring the mind and imagination of one of Ireland's great poets. The production is the latest in the Druid at Home series of online theatre and is presented with The Everyman.

Strokestown International Poetry Festival
1-3 May
A feast of stimulating events including interviews with poets, readings and workshops, including a specially commissioned production from Vincent Woods and Edwina Guckian. This video film will mix poetry, music, song, and dance with images from the landscape around Strokestown and the local stretch of the newly opened National Famine Way.

Bealtaine Book Club Author event: Paula Meehan in conversation with Mia Gallagher
20 May, 7pm
Libraries around Ireland selected poet Paula Meehan's book As If By Magic: Selected Poems for this year's Bealtaine Book Club. 


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