Strokestown’s 21st International Poetry Festival Launch

  • Thursday 18 April, 7.00pm
  • Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Square East, Dublin 1
  • Tickets: Free

Celebrating the launch of Strokestown’s 21st International Poetry Festival with a selection of noteworthy poets. 

Strokestown’s 21st International Poetry Festival launches with an eclectic mix of new and established poets reading their work ahead of the festival in May. The launch evening will include the reveal of this year’s Festival Anthology featuring poems shortlisted for festival competitions and from invited guests.

Poets featured on the night will include:

Moya Cannon
Ron Carey
Louise G Cole
Rebecca Farmer
Margaret Hickey
Noelle Lynskey
Pádraig Mac Fhearghusa
Iggy McGovern
Geraldine Mitchell
Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin
Áine Ní Ghlinn
Gerard Smyth
Vincent Woods

Strokestown International Poetry Festival runs in County Roscommon over May Bank Holiday weekend, starting on Poetry Day Ireland, Thursday 2 May, and continuing until Bank Holiday Monday, May 6th. As always, there will be a must-see line up of international and Irish poets, including former National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke, award winners Tara Bergin, Iggy McGovern, James Harpur, Enda Wyley, Paddy Bushe, and this year’s international competition judges Jo Shapcott and Gerard Smyth. There will be more than 50 readings over the weekend, from beginners to old-hands, schoolchildren, competition finalists, and local and international writers. There’ll be the results of six competitions, with film screenings, book launches, workshops, and music – you won’t want to miss any of it! Most of the readings are free to attend, with a small charge for only a handful of ticketed events. See the website for more details.