Poetry Day Ireland 2018

Poetry Day Ireland celebrates poetry and the importance of poetry in our lives. This April 26th 2018, Yeats Society Sligo are hosting an event in conjunction with Poetry Ireland's 'Poetry Day'.

Our guest poet is Rita Ann Higgins, a poet who hails from Galway and who has an enormous body of work to her credit – her poetry has been published by both Bloodaxe Books and Salmon Poetry. She has written eight plays, won many awards and is a member of Aosdána.

Thursday April 26th Yeats Building, Hyde Bridge

7.30pm. Tickets at the door 10euro cash (includes a glass of wine)

Poetry Day Ireland is a major one-day festival of Irish poetry. In 2018 we'll be celebrating Poetry Day Ireland on Thursday 26 April and our theme for 2018 is Poetry Surprises! http://www.poetryireland.ie/poetry-day/

This year's theme: Poetry Surprises

Poetry surprises. It knocks on your door and runs away. It greets you on the street with a face you haven't seen in years. Look in the mirror and poetry shows you the back of your head. It can rearrange the stars and resurrect the past. When your breath snags and your heart thumps; when something strokes your neck and makes you jump: that’s poetry.

We want to hear about the truths and revelations that a poem has dropped unexpectedly on your doorstep. Whether there is a poem hiding in your attic or you’re still vibrating from the electric shock of a particularly powerful jolt of verse, we’re asking everyone to spring some poetry surprises on Poetry Day Ireland: 26 April 2018!

Almost 150 poetry-related events took place on Poetry Day Ireland last year, in libraries, bookshops, arts centres, schools, hotels, nightclubs, bars, cafes and street corners from Kerry to Derry. Everyone is invited to join in and celebrate and we welcome all events and activities, large or small. It's still not too late to get involved and plan your own celebration http://www.poetryireland.ie/poetry-day/organise-an-event