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STROKESTOWN POETRY FESTIVAL

2ND - 6TH MAY 2019

21ST FESTIVAL!!

AN INVITATION TO POETRY

At Strokestown Park House

The Strokestown International Poetry Festival was founded in 1999. It takes place annually on the first weekend of May, in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon. The weekend provides a world-renowned forum for excellence in poetry. Strokestown is famous for the large audiences that attend all readings and allied to the welcome, the friendliness and the scenery, the weekend is an unforgettable experience and a thrilling immersion in contemporary poetry. ‘Our mission is to showcase contemporary poetry, local, national and international, foster the development of emerging writers and consolidate poetry in local cultural life bringing it to the widest possible audience’.

Events 2019

Amanda Bell

Amanda Bell

Amanda Bell is an award-winning poet and children's author. She holds a Masters in Poetry Studies, and works as a writer, editor and workshop facilitator.

Ceaití Ní Bheildiúin

Ceaití Ní Bheildiúin

Tá trí chnuasach filíochta de chuid Cheaití foilsithe ag Coiscéim: Meirge an Laoich, Púca Gan Dealramh, An Teorainn Bheo. Chaith an file tréimhse ina scríbhneoir cónaitheach faoi scéim Ealaíontóir Cónaitheach Harry Clarke 2008 - 2009, sa Díseart, An Daingean, Co. Chiarraí.

TARA BERGIN

TARA BERGIN

Dublin-born Tara Bergin’s The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx was shortlisted for the 2017 Forward Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize, and was shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award 2018.

JOHN F DEANE

JOHN F DEANE

He founded Poetry Ireland and The Poetry Ireland Review in 1978. He is the recipient of the O’Shaughnessy Award for Irish Poetry and the Marten Toonder Award for Literature. He is a member of Aosdána.

GILLIAN CLARKE

GILLIAN CLARKE

Gillian Clarke - National Poet of Wales 2008-2016 is one of the central figures in contemporary Welsh poetry, the third to take up the post.

SHIRLEY McCLURE

SHIRLEY McCLURE

After poet, Shirley McClure's untimely death from cancer in September 2016 her publisher, Alan Hayes of Arlen House, invited her friend, Jane Clarke, to edit a New & Collected Shirley McClure. Geraldine Mitchell will read some of her work from Origami Doll.

FINBAR MAGEE & BREIGE QUINN

FINBAR MAGEE & BREIGE QUINN

Singer-songwriter Finbar Magee and fiddle player, Breige Quinn will sing and play throughout the week end.

JESSAMINE O CONNOR

JESSAMINE O CONNOR

Written and directed by Jessamine O Connor, in collaboration with Carmel Balfe of 'Little Gem Puppets', "The Stranger" is a short shadow-puppet film-poem about being an immigrant, here and abroad.

EILÉAN NÍ CHUILLEANÁIN

EILÉAN NÍ CHUILLEANÁIN

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and Ciaran O'Driscoll will talk about their memories of the Riflessi DiVersi festival in Umbria and will read poems about Italy and poems translated from Italian.

LOUISE G COLE

LOUISE G COLE

Louise G Cole’s pamphlet ‘Soft Touch’ was published in February 2019 after she was chosen as one of Carol Ann Duffy’s UK Laureate’s Choice poets.

JANE ROBINSON

JANE ROBINSON

A recipient of the Strokestown International Poetry Prize and the Red Line Book Festival Award, her writing is often concerned with the loss of biodiversity.

JAMES HARPUR

JAMES HARPUR

 He is the recipient of the Michael Hartnett Award, an Eric Gregory Award, and he’s been shortlisted for the Irish Times Award.

RITA KELLY

RITA KELLY

Rita Kelly is an award-winning poet and writer in both English and Irish

GERARD SMYTH

GERARD SMYTH

Gerard Smyth is a poet, critic and journalist.

ENDA WYLEY

ENDA WYLEY

Enda Wyley is an award winning poet and children’s author.

JO SHAPCOTT

JO SHAPCOTT

Shapcott was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.

IGGY MCGOVERN

IGGY MCGOVERN

Poet and a Fellow Emeritus in the School of Physics at Trinity College

MARTINA EVANS

MARTINA EVANS

An animated and engaging performer with a real talent for dramatic monologue

Our Location

Travel Information

Venue

Strokestown Park House
Strokestown,
Co. Roscommon

Transport

Bus Eireann, No 22 travels directly from Dublin Airport to Strokestown

Hotel & Restaurant

The Percy French Hotel, https://www.thepercyfrenchhotel.com/

Yu Garden Chinese,  https://www.facebook.com/yugardenchinesestrokestown/

Strokestown Park House Cafe, http://www.strokestownpark.ie/cafe-shop/

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