The Poetry Weekender

  • 17th & 18th September 2022
  • dlr LexIcon & Pavilion Theatre
  • Tickets: Various | Free to €30

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council presents:
The Poetry Weekender
In Association with Poetry Ireland
Programmed by dlr Poet in Residence Jessica Traynor and Poetry Ireland
Kindly funded by Creative Ireland

Saturday 17th September

Songwriting and Wellness workshop with Farah Elle

dlr LexIcon | Sat 17th, 2.30-3.30pm
Tickets are free but booking is essential.

As well as being a singer-songwriter and performer, Farah Elle is also a youth work facilitator trained in various forms of trauma healing methodologies. This workshop will explore the power of the unique creative voice within us all – as well as the pivotal role it plays in our holistic wellness. We will use music and movement to activate a sense of flow, sharing an array of self-preservation tools that can enable us to heal ourselves and create something new while we’re at it. Suitable for 12 -14 year olds

Carbon Project Launch

dlr LexIcon Studio | Sat 17th, 4-5.30pm
Tickets are free but booking is recommended.

 ‘…in our purgatory of air and light, the dark wood is on fire…’

From CARBON by Jessica Traynor

Join poet in residence Jessica Traynor and a stellar line up of poets for the launch of THE CARBON PROJECT, a new pamphlet of eco-poetry developed by Jessica and the participants during her time as poet in residence. This brand-new pamphlet contains poems by some of Ireland’s most exciting emerging and established poetic voices, responding to the climate crisis with work that moves and challenges.

With dlr Poet in Residence Jessica Traynor, Sree Sen, Monica de Bhailís, Jo Sachs-Eldridge, Jane Robinson, Tanya O’Sullivan, Hilary Casey, Charlotte Buckley, and Edel Burke.


Hannah Lowe, Catherine Phil MacCarthy, Stephen Sexton, with music by Maija Sofia

dlr LexIcon Studio | Sat 17th, 7-8.30pm
Tickets: €10/8 

Join multi-award-winning poets Hannah Lowe, Catherine Phil MacCarthy and Stephen Sexton for a night of poetry, with musical contributions by Maija Sofia.

This will be Hannah Lowe’s first Irish appearance since winning the 2021 Costa Book of the Year for her latest collection The Kids (Bloodaxe, 2021), a moving, wry, insightful collection of sonnets reflecting on the poet’s decade teaching children in inner-city London. She’ll read alongside Forward Prize winner Stephen Sexton whose latest collection, Cheryl’s Destinies (Penguin, 2021), is a thrillingly strange exploration of the fantastical when the real is hard to bear, and Catherine Phil MacCarthy whose latest collection Daughters of the House (Dedalus Press, 2019), reclaims space for women’s voices in Irish history while honouring their art and artistry.

Singer-songwriter Maija Sofia will contribute poetry and songs. Maija’s music has been described as ‘steeped in melancholia and history, drawing on the folk idiom and punk’s DIY ethic’ (Irish Examiner).  


Sunday 18th September

Dún Laoghaire Gingko Walk
With Katie Donovan and Rosamund Taylor 

Meeting Point, dlr LexIcon (Haigh Terrace entrance by the pond)
Sun 18th, 11am -12 noon
Tickets are free but booking is recommended. 

What better way to begin our Sunday morning than with a bracing walk around beautiful Dún Laoghaire town with two poets? This relaxed and accessible stroll will be led by Rosamund Taylor and Katie Donovan and punctuated with a series of readings from their own work.

Rosamund Taylor’s debut collection In Her Jaws was published by Banshee Press in 2022 to great acclaim. Award-winning poet Katie Donovan has published five books of poetry, the most recent being Off-Duty (Bloodaxe, 2016).


Masterclass with Hannah Lowe

Meeting Room 3, level 5, dlr LexIcon | Sun 18th, 12.30-2.30pm
By application to
Tickets: €10/8 (scholarship places available if unable to pay)

Join award-winning poet Hannah Lowe for a poetry master class. Hannah Lowe was born in Ilford to an English mother and Jamaican-Chinese father. She has lived in London, Brighton and Santa Cruz, California. She studied American Literature at the University of Sussex and has a Master’s degree in Refugee Studies, and a PhD in Creative Writing from Newcastle University. She has worked as a teacher of literature and is now a lecturer in Creative Writing at Brunel University. She has been poet in residence at Keats House, and in 2020 she received a Cholmondeley Award from the Society of Authors. Her three poetry collections, Chick (2013), Chan (2016), and The Kids (2021), all from Bloodaxe Books, have been widely lauded and awarded.

Applications are encouraged from emerging poets who have had work published in journals. Please submit two poems and a 50 word biography for consideration to The deadline for applications is Friday 26th August. Successful poets will be notified by 9th September.


Words by the Sea: Poetry Ireland Review

dlr LexIcon Gallery | Sun 18th, 4.30-5.30pm
Tickets; €10/8

We celebrate our much-loved Poetry Ireland Review with Words by the Sea: Poetry Ireland Review.  Published three times a year, this highly regarded journal includes the work of both emerging and established Irish and international poets, essayists, critics and visual artists.  Our guests, Moya Cannon, Simon Ó Faoláin, John O Donnell and Jean O'Brien will read their poems from the most recently published PIR, edited by Professor Gerald Dawe, as well as poems about the sea.  The guest poets for this event have strong ties to the area and this will be, for some of them, their first live reading since 2019. Join us for a wonderful and warming hour of poetry from some of our local heroes.  Hosted by Poet in Residence Jessica Traynor.


The Poetry of Margaret Atwood read by Margaret Atwood in conversation with Caitriona Crowe

Pavilion Theatre | Sun 18th, 7.30pm
Tickets: €30 from Pavilion Theatre

One of the world’s most renowned writers, Margaret Atwood, will read from Dearly, her latest collection of poetry. She will also talk about her poetry influences and the state of the world in what promises to be a fascinating conversation with author, archivist, and scholar Catriona Crowe.

Best known for her fiction, Margaret Atwood’s ground-breaking and bestselling novels include The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments, Oryx and Crake, among others. However, she has, from the beginning of her career, been one of the world's most significant contemporary poets. Her 2020 collection Dearly is a stunning achievement, and this headline event The Poetry of Margaret Atwood is much anticipated. 

Dearly is her first in over 10 years, is a reckoning with the past that comes from a place of wisdom and control. At 81, she harnesses the experience of a lifetime to assume a wry distance from her subjects – as if, in an astounding world, nothing could throw her off balance.”  Kate Kellaway, The Observer, November 2020

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