Poetry Day Ireland - Event Registration is Open!

2nd February 2023

Poetry Day Ireland is a major one-day festival of Irish poetry taking place on 27 April, presented by Poetry Ireland in partnership with poetry enthusiasts the length and breadth of the country. The theme this year is “Message in a Bottle”, curated by poet Martina Evans. Individuals, venues, and organisations of all types are now invited to register their prospective events with Poetry Ireland for inclusion in the Poetry Day Ireland line-up.  

In previous years, more than 150 events, projects, and initiatives have taken place in celebration of Poetry Day Ireland in libraries, bookshops, arts centres, schools, hotels, nightclubs, bars, cafés and street corners from Kerry to Derry. While all events are expected to amplify poetry in some form, whether that be spoken or written, cross-disciplinary and unusual ideas are not only allowed, but enthusiastically encouraged. 

Registered events will be featured on the Poetry Day website and included in our promotional activity for the day. Select events will also be spotlighted in the Poetry Day Ireland e-zine to be circulated to Poetry Ireland subscribers. Events registered before Sunday 26 March will be included in our programme. Missed the deadline? Never fear - we will do our very best to promote events registered with us throughout April, so please register your event with us anyhow. The sooner you register your event, the more we can help you publicise it!

For those especially innovative planners who need help bringing their outside-the-box idea to life for Poetry Day Ireland this year, you can apply for up to 1600EUR in funding through our Bright Ideas bursaries here. The Bright Ideas bursaries were established in 2019 to help fund creative and inspiring ideas for Poetry Day Ireland, and have been an integral part of the poetry festivities since. The deadline to apply for this funding is Sunday 12 March.

Schools are also invited to take part in Poetry Day Ireland, and an imaginative poetry package will be online soon to encourage teachers, children and families nationwide to read, write, listen to, illustrate, perform, share – and above all enjoy – poetry. 

Poetry Ireland gratefully acknowledges the support of its principal funders The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and The Arts Council of Northern Ireland.