Countdown to International Poetry Festival

This year’s Strokestown International Poetry Festival will be held over the May Bank Holiday weekend – Friday, May 3rd, to Sunday, May 5th – in the sylvan setting of Strokestown Park House, Co Roscommon.

This is festival director Joe Woods’ third year programming Ireland’s oldest poetry festival, and it promises to be a characteristic blend of diverse, local, national, and international poets reading; there will be bilingual readings, workshops, multiple poetry book launches, poetry-film screenings, and collaborations with musicians.

Joe said: “I’m delighted that we have two of this year’s shortlisted TS Eliot prize poets reading for us – Jane Clarke and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin – and that we are joining in the celebration of Rita Ann Higgins’ work on our opening night, when she reads alongside one of our international guests, the American-Irish undertaker poet, Thomas Lynch.

“Other highlights will be Los Lorcas poetry concert, the presentation of the revived Strokestown International Poetry Competition, judged by Enda Wyley, Belinda McKeon’s keynote address and James Harpur’s collaboration with pianist Duke Special, to name just a few”.

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