Poetry Day Ireland at Poetry Ireland

  • Thursday 26 April 2018, 10am-10pm
  • Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Square East, Dublin 1
  • Tickets: Free events, tickets for the 8pm event are €10/€8 conc.

On Poetry Day we're presenting a full 12 hours of events at 11 Parnell Square! There's something for everyone with schools workshops with Lucinda Jacob, screenings of the classic documentry Night Mail, a lunchtime reading with Bealtaine Writers, our Reviewing Poetry workshop with John McAuliffe and Kate Kellaway, Building Tours with Maud Gonne, The Moth International Poetry Prize, and a performance with John McAuliffe and Kevin Doherty. 

10am (2nd–4th class) & 11.30am (5th–6th class)
Schools workshops with Lucinda Jacob

Lucinda Jacob leads poetry workshops with a seasonal theme. Lucinda will read from her book Hopscotch in the Sky, before guiding the children through the process of writing their own poem.

Screening of Night Mail

Settle in to watch Night Mail, the 1936 classic documentary movie that features music by Benjamin Britten and verse commentary by the poet W. H. Auden. Screenings start every 30 minutes.
No booking necessary

Bealtaine Writers

Bealtaine Writers present a reading of their poems from the recent F. W. Burton Exhibition in the National Gallery of Ireland.
No booking necessary

Reviewing Poetry with Kate Kellaway and John McAuliffe

Kate Kellaway is a journalist and literary critic who writes for The Observer. John McAuliffe is a poet, an editor, chief poetry critic at The Irish Times and co-director of the University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing.

This workshop will take you under the bonnet of the reviewing process and is open to poets with all levels of experience, inside and outside of academia.
>> Advance booking essential

5.30pm, 6.30pm & 7.30pm
Building Tours with Maud Gonne

Our building at 11 Parnell Square East is steeped in fascinating history. Join Maud Gonne (actor Caitríona Ní Mhurchú) for a tour of its hidden nooks and crannies.
No booking necessary

The Moth International Poetry Prize

Raise a glass to the winners of this year’s €10,000 The Moth International Poetry Prize, judged by Daljit Nagra. The four shortlisted poets are Natalya Anderson, Audrey Molloy, Cheryl Moskowitz and Teresa Ott.
>> Advance booking advised

John McAuliffe & Kevin Doherty

Keven Doherty’s observant and soulful lyrics draw on many literary influences, including the work of John McAuliffe, whose poems tell stories and find images or
‘soul-making’ in the everyday world of sheds, swimming pools, concert halls, parks, ferry ports, galleries, protest marches, cinemas and street corners.

Presented in partnership with the ITMA as part of Soul Clap its Hands and Sing.
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Event Partners

  • Poetry Day Ireland