Strokestown hosts International Poetry Festival this weekend

The Strokestown International Poetry Festival takes place in venues around Strokestown over this May Bank Holiday weekend, starting this evening (Thursday 28th of April) and continuing until Sunday (May 1st). This year is the 18th year of the festival and it’s a packed programme with over thirty poetry readings and competitions. 

  The festival kicks off with a poetry workshop with poet James Harpur on Thursday evening at 7.30 pm in the Percy French Hotel. On Friday evening in the Percy French Hotel at 6.30 pm the schools poetry competition takes place followed by the official opening of the festival by Eugene Murphy TD. This is followed by readings by the poets from the shortlist in the Percy French Prize section for comic verse and the prize-giving.

  On Saturday in Strokestown Park House there are readings all day, starting at 10.15 am.

  As part of the Co. Roscommon 1916 commemoration events the festival hosts the Poets & Poetry of 1916 at 6 pm followed by the announcement of the winners of the Duais Filíochta Dhúbhglas de hÍde – The Douglas Hyde Irish Language Poetry Prize.

  Readings resume on Sunday at 10 am in Strokestown Park House after which the festival hosts the launch of Cyphers Magazine. The announcement of the winner of the 2016 Strokestown International Poetry Prize by judges Paddy Bushe and Grace Wells will follow.

  The final event of the festival will be the famous pub poetry competition which will pit the best bards of the area against each other to become the Strokestown pub poetry champion of 2016.

  All events are free and enquiries can be made to 071 9633759 weekdays between 10 am and 1 pm.

  Full programme is available on