Strokestown is to take part in Poetry Town, an initiative from Poetry Ireland in partnership with Roscommon County Council Arts Office. An exciting range of activities will take place around the town and online over nine days from September 10-18th. Twenty towns across the island of Ireland are participating in Poetry Town, a celebration of the pride, strength and diversity of towns, with more than 100 free activities lined up across all the towns.
Each Poetry Town has a Poet Laureate, who is either from the respective local area or who has strong connections to it. They have been commissioned to write a poem honouring and reflecting their Poetry Town and its people. The Poet Laureate for Strokestown is Noelle Lynskey, who will be unveiling her Town Poem on Roscommon Library Facebook page on Culture Night, Friday, September 17th. The poem will be available to read on the Poetry Town website in the days following the event.
Further activities will include a series of poetry events involving local poets and community groups including a Tour of Strokestown Heritage Trail with poetry readings, hosted by the Strokestown Community Development Association. The full programme of activities for each town is available on the Poetry Town website at poetrytown.ie. Strokestown events are coordinated by Anne O’Leary in association with Roscommon Arts Office and Poetry Ireland.