Poetry Treasure Hunt and Festival Launch

Poetry Treasure Hunt and Festival Launch Strokestown’s 20th International Poetry Festival launches with a poetry-themed mountain treasure hunt on Sliabh Bán on Easter Monday. Suitable for families, the two and half kilometre walk includes poetry clues from ‘poets’ such as Bob Dylan, Sam Smith, David Bowie and Joan Baez, alongside Billy Collins and Paddy Bushe and others. There will be Easter Read more about Poetry Treasure Hunt and Festival Launch[…]

International gathering to read Poetry in Castlerea

Students from Galway Roscommon Education Training Board, and Strokestown Poetry followers gathered to read poetry (from their own countries) on International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination which coincided with World Poetry Day, on the 21st March 2018.   The group included readers from Spain, Romania, Poland, Ireland, Brazil and Mexico.  Fernando Cabrita (Portugese poet) Read more about International gathering to read Poetry in Castlerea[…]

Patrick Kavanagh gathering

A group of poetry enthusiasts gathered recently to mark the 50th anniversary of Patrick Kavanagh’s passing. Organised by Strokestown Poetry Festival, the event included readings of the great poet’s work, anecdotes about his life and times, and one of his most recognisable works, On Raglan Road, sung by Pat Compton. Pictured afterwards outside Strokestown Community Read more about Patrick Kavanagh gathering[…]

As part of the ‘Irish Women in Literature’: Inspiring Authors in a magnificent Historic House, we presented Roscommon Women Poets

In conjunction with Strokestown Park House and The Irish Heritage Trust, we invited eight women to read their poems at the conference.  The readers included two of the Secondary Schools’ shortlisted poets, and four from the Roscommon Poets prize.   Several poets from The Hermit Collective also read.   Jessamine O’Connor concluded the conference, reading a selection Read more about As part of the ‘Irish Women in Literature’: Inspiring Authors in a magnificent Historic House, we presented Roscommon Women Poets[…]