The 21st Strokestown International Poetry Festival



Renowned event returns May 2nd to 6th


The 21st Strokestown International Poetry Festival is set to take place this May Bank Holiday (Thursday, May 2nd to Monday, May 6th) at venues right across the town.

  The popular event will begin on Thursday, May 2nd with a Schools’ Poetry Exhibition as part of Poetry Day at Strokestown Library.

  This year’s festival anthology will be officially launched at 8.30 pm on Friday, May 3rd by Paddy Bushe at The Percy French Hotel following the officially opening of this year’s event by Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Cllr. Ivan Connaughton at 8.15 pm.

  There will be readings and talks throughout the weekend at Strokestown Park House and competitions including the renowned Strokestown International Poetry Competition Awards on Sunday, May 5th, which will be followed by a reception in the Gallery Kitchen.

  Duais de hÍde – The Douglas Hyde Irish Language Poetry Prize will also be up for grabs on Saturday, May 4th.

  There will be music throughout the festival by Finbar Magee and Breige Quinn. The airing of the film ‘The Key was always in the door’, a collaborative work by visual artist Collette Nolan and poet Gerry Murphy with members of the Ballyphehane/Togher community in Co. Cork will take place on Sunday at 7.30 pm in Strokestown House. Admission is €10 but it promises to be an event not to be missed!

  With readings and talks from some of Ireland’s most talented poets, the Strokestown International Poetry Festival is once again the place to be this May Bank Holiday Weekend!

  For more information, click, email or call the office (10 to 1 pm) 071-9633759.