Plan an Event

If you're planning to organise an event on Poetry Day Ireland, we've put together some hints and tips to help get you started. 

Getting started

Wondering where to begin? Well here are some ideas and information to help get the creative juices flowing. This year's theme is 'There will be time' and we are calling on poetry enthusiasts to share poems that move you anti-clockwise, poems that alarm you, poems that make you tick and chime. The countdown is on! Here are some ideas to get you started: 

  • A classic poetry reading can take place in a number of venues such as bookshops, schools, community centres, coffeeshops or arts centres. You could programme a poetry coffee morning, a literary lunch or a poetic picnic and invite local poets and members of the local community to attend. Your event could playfully deal with our theme 'There will be time'. 
  • Organise a Poetry Slam and get established, emerging and novice spoken word/slam artists heard. There are a number of these nights exploding across Ireland. 
  • Host an open mic night for poets, writers, and even musicians to share their work to an appreciative audience. We would usually recommend having at least one featured poet who would be planned and promoted, with the rest of the time filled with sign-ups on the night.

Things to think about!

  • What? Where? When? Decide on a time and place, depending on the type of event you have in mind. Take an estimate of what your numbers might be in order to find the perfect venue.
  • In need of booking a venue? Get in contact as early as possible and be sure that that the space is appropriate for your event. Keep in mind sound, capacity, accessibility and location, and be sure to visit the space beforehand.
  • To charge or not to charge? When running an event you’ll have to decide whether you want to sell tickets at the door or in advance. Free admission will mean a bigger audience. However, if you’re looking to pay poets or cover the cost of renting a space, standard admission price might range from €2 - €10 or could be entirely donation-based. If you want to sell tickets in advance, sites like www.eventbrite.ie and www.getinvited.to are great. 
  • Fail to prepare, prepare to fail. Be sure to organise a sound technician, PA system or microphone if necessary.
  • Keep it clean! When using a space make sure to leave it as you found it.
  • Unfortunately the team at Poetry Ireland can't make it to all the events, but we would love to see some photos, document and share on Twitter/Instagram/Facebook using the hashtag #PoetryDayIrl. 

How to promote your event

Get your event out there! Spend time thinking about how you'll use your network of contacts to promote your event. There is a number ways to do this, see below:

  • » Register your event with us as soon as possible so that we can list it on our What's On page and include it in national and regional press releases.  
  • Provide at least 80 words of great copy to describe your event. Make it exciting, thrilling, engaging, or even, humorous. Ask yourself 'why would someone want to go to this event?'  
  • Images speak louder than words. Be sure to have a suitable image to compliment your event, keep in mind that poetryireland.ie needs images that are 616 x 400 pixels. We're happy to resize your images for you, but they need to be large enough and of a high resolution. Submit to comms@poetryireland.ie
  • » Download the Poetry Day Ireland logo to use when promoting your event 
  • » Download the Poetry Day Ireland poster to use when promoting your event - coming soon!
  • A Facebook event page is a great way to get free publicity. There are so many free events listing sites online to avail of such as www.visitdublin.comwww.discoverireland.iewww.writing.ie and www.enjoyireland.ie.
  • Get in touch with your local paper and see if they will cover your local event. Also arts organisation have fantastic resources to promote local events in the area. 

Poetry Ireland is running a marketing, advertising and PR campaign to connect poetry and people on Poetry Day Ireland. We will promote events across the country on our website, as well as issue national and regional press releases for Poetry Day Ireland.

Register your event

Event registration can be found here.

Poems & Inspiration

Check back shortly for some There will be time-themed poems!
 

Get in touch

If you'd like advice on programming or marketing your event, please email Elizabeth Mohen or Lisa Jewell or call us on +353 1 678 9815.