Fingal Poetry Festival takes flight on Thursday 16th September in the beautiful coastal town of Skerries, Co. Dublin.
Poetry is alive and breathing on the streets of Skerries. A light-show has been illuminating Floraville Park at the heart of the town since the beginning of September while poems and ravens—the mascot of the festival—are decorating shop windows and benches.
The festival takes off on Thursday 16th September, with free, inclusive, outdoor events at beautiful spots in the town, and in nearby Ardgillan Castle.
Festival Launch 16th September 8.30pm
Two specially commissioned film poems by Kate Miller and Thomas Brezing, a live reading by Ivy Bannister and music by Liz Seaver. Light refreshments to kick things off.
Fingal Poetry Slam 17th September 7.00pm
Experience the unique atmosphere of performance poets competing for the prize of Festival Slam Champion – with guest appearance by Sheila Ryder.
Saturday 18th September
Saturday 18th sees a full programme, including a Family Poetry Fest, the Fingal Mobile Library, readings with Rita Anne Higgins, conversations with Susan McKay and music from Keith Burke.
Sunday 19th September
Sunday 19th will include a walk around Ardgillan castle with poets Enda Coyle-Greene and Ceaití Ní Bheildiúin with stops where participants can share their favourite poem.
Also in the line up is not one but two Festival in a Van events with Ceaití Ní Bheildiúin, Celia de Fréine and music by Colin Gunning and Aoife McDermott in Ardgillan, and Maighread Medbh and John O’Connell with music by Sarah May Rogers at the Martello tower in Skerries.
These are just some highlights of a packed programme—for full details of all events and how to book, please visit the festival website.
Zoom workshops take place on Saturday 18th from 11am-1pm.
Workshop with Nessa O’Mahony
So Much Depends Upon a Red Wheelbarrow – Exploring Poetic Imagery. Suitable for all writers, regardless of their experience
Ceardlann Filíochta le Ceaití Ní Bheildiúin
Bí i mbun pinn, ag léamh agus ag plé filíochta, i dteannta leis an bhfile Ceaití Ní Bheildiúin – méid na rannpháirtithe teoranta, oiriúnach do gach leibhéal
Song Writing Workshop with Liz Seaver
From poetry to song – for beginners and budding songwriters alike.
Please visit the festival website for more details.