What is Poetry Day Ireland?

Poetry Day Ireland is a major one-day festival of Irish poetry. In 2019 we'll be celebrating Poetry Day Ireland on Thursday 2 May and our theme for 2019 is Truth or Dare?  

This year's theme: Truth or Dare?

Speak your truth or dare to see the world differently on Poetry Day Ireland. 

The 20th century writer Jean Cocteau reckoned that ‘a poet is a liar who always speaks the truth’. We think he was on to something. In today’s world of endless spin, our relationship with the truth has become, well, complicated! The distilled language of great poetry cuts straight to the truth. It dares us to reveal our most honest emotions and sharpens our focus on the world.  

Or if the truth makes you despair, plunge into a dare. Writing a poem is a courageous act. We dare you to write badly or brilliantly. To flail and fail and do it again. If writing’s not for you, then we dare you to share a poem, and see what a difference that can make. 

Almost 150 poetry-related events took place on Poetry Day Ireland last year, in libraries, bookshops, arts centres, schools, hotels, nightclubs, bars, cafes and street corners from Kerry to Derry. Everyone is invited to join in and celebrate and we welcome all events and activities, large or small.