Wednesday, September 16, 2009

All Ireland National Poetry Day, Oct 1st

Last year saw the inauguration of a National Poetry Day in Ireland, by Poetry Ireland, in celebration of 30 years of that organisation serving the Irish poetry reading public. Every county in Ireland held at least one poetry event, be it reading or workshop and it proved to be a great success.

You may remember me blogging about it last year
, as I was invited to be one of three poets representing Louth, along with Patrick Chapman and Patrick Dillon. We first did an outside broadcast at Dundalk Arts Office in the morning with Harry Lee of Dundalk Daily on Dundalk FM 100, and then gave a lunchtime reading at Dundalk Town Hall.

This year, I was (honoured and privileged to be) asked by Louth County Arts Office to curate the events for Louth, so this year, we've got all sorts of events in Dundalk, Drogheda and Carlingford, happening on the one day, Thursday October 1st 2009. If you're round and about, come one, come all!

Dundalk: Lunchtime reading, at 1pm in the library, Dundalk Institute of Technology, with Susan Connolly and Barbara Smith, Dublin Road, Dundalk. T. 042 9392950

Drogheda: Evening Poetry Slam, at 8pm in Boyne Books, Narrow West St. Drogheda with special guest, Dixie Nugent. T. 041 9875140

Carlingford: Evening reading, at 8pm, with Catherine Ann Cullen, The Trinity Church Heritage Centre; a beautifully restored medieval church in the picturesque setting of Carlingford, County Louth. T. 042 9392950

Other events:
Dundalk F.M Radio and Harry Lee of Dundalk Daily will celebrate National Poetry Day from 10.00. am to 12.00. pm, including live readings by Dundalk Writers Group with Barbara Smith at 11.00. am.

Sandy Sneddon will read from his collection of children's poem's in Drogheda Library, Stockwell Street, for selected schools at 11am.

So, it's all happening here, isn't it? If you know of a poetry event in Ireland happening near you on NPD, October 1st, why not tell us all about it in the comments box?

Ask not what your county can do for you, and all that jazz... or poetry... :)


Rachel Fox said...

You get going a week or so before us!
Hope it all goes well.

Dick said...

I'm amazed that Ireland didn't have a National Poetry Day prior to PI's initiative. Excellent that they have had the good sense to promote you to high office, Barbara! I look forward to your accounts of the upcoming events.

Liz said...

Well done, Barbara, will keep self peeled for all the goings-ons ...looking forward to it.

Jon M said...

Brilliant stuff! Hope it all runs smoothly!

Michael Farry said...

Busy Barbara!! We in Boyne Writers have just organised a poetry reading in the beautiful St Patrick's Cathedral here in Trim for 11am on Oct 1st. All welcome. Read your own work or favourite poems. No other Meath events yet as far as I know.

BarbaraS said...

Sounds lovely Michael, I hope it goes well.

Jon, I hope so too, I've a lot of running around to do.

Liz, it'll be great.

Dick, yes I know, but we have a NPD now, so we're making good headway.

Rachel, thanks, I hope your gig goes well too!