It’s almost May. It’s almost Strokestown Poetry Festival time. The festival is on from April 30th to May 3rd. This year featured poets include Iggy McGovern, Peggy Gallagher, Paddy Bushe, James Harpur, Eva Bourke and Vincent Woods.There is also the launching of a new collection, The Boys of Bluehill, by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin. I’ll be reading with Gerry Boland at 4.15pm on Saturday, May 2nd.
It’s a fantastic festival with a very pleasant and laid-back ambience. Most of the events are held in Strokestown House, home of the Famine Museum, a visitors’ attraction of national (if not international) importance. Added to that , a few great pubs and you’ve got a really enjoyable weekend.
Festival Programme: http://www.strokestownpoetry.org/?page_id=1538
The following weekend, I expect to be reading with a group of poets as part of Canalaphonic Music and Culture Festival in Rathmines. Details of this should appear on the Canalaphonic website.
Canalaphonic Music and Culture Festival: http://canalaphonic.com/category/latest-news/