Strokestown Poetry Festival
3rd – 7th May 2018
20th Festival

Events 2017

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin & Vincent Woods

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, current Ireland Professor of Poetry in Conversation with poet and broadcaster Vincent Woods

Paddy Bushe

Winner of the Poetry Now Irish Times award 2017

Go to Sunday Miscellany

Sunday Miscellany

The Raging Foam, a poem for Leland Bardwell, by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin; L’Irlande Profonde, by Paddy Bushe; Maggie and Frank, a poem by Noelle Lynskey; A Heart, by Doireann Ní Ghríofa; Roscommon Rain, a poem by James Harpur and Calling on Leland Bardwell, by Brian Leyden. Music: Bagatelle no. 1 from Six Bagatelles by Gyorgy Ligeti, played by Cassiopeia Wind Quintet; Novelette in C Major by Francis Poulenc, also performed by Cassiopeia Winds; Sí Beag, Sí Mór, by Turlough O’Carolan, played on flute and fiddle by Patsy Hanly and John Carty; Variations from Faronell’s Divisions on A Ground (La Folia), by members of Sligo Baroque Orchestra: Rod Alston on harpsichord, Nicola Cleary on violin and Anna Houston on cello; Easter Snow, played by Patsy Hanly on flute; And Three Diversons for Wind Quintet, final movement, by Joan Trimble, also performed by Cassiopeia Winds.

Go to Sarah Clancy

Sarah Clancy

Sarah Clancy with support from members of the Hermit Collective –

Go to Doireann Ní Ghríofa

Doireann Ní Ghríofa

Doireann Ní Ghríofa in conversation with Paddy Bushe

Maura Dooley

Maura Dooley & Cathal O’Searcaigh

James Harpur

James Harpur – Talk – Flights of Imagination: the golden chain of poetry through the ages’

“An Invitation To Poetry”

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.


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Mike Byrne,  Lawrence Kessenich, Anni Wilton-Jones, Dhimiter Pojanaku & Elizabeth O’Connell-Thompson