‘There will be time’
Poetry Ireland has announced that Poetry Day on Thursday 30 April will be a digital-only experience, to allow everyone to take part from the safety of their own home. Now in its sixth year, the annual celebration will take a different approach due to the fight against Covid-19. There will be an interactive opportunity for everyone to connect through virtual poetry workshops, video poetry readings, social media and much more. Events include a poetry themed virtual pub quiz, an online poetry workshop for beginners, and video readings from the shortlisted poets for The Moth Poetry Prize, in the run-up to the live announcement of the winner of the €10,000 prize.
A number of well-known figures will read poetry in a series of videos. Further programme details are expected to be announced over the coming days. See the Poetry Day website https://www.poetryireland.ie/poetry-day for updates.
The theme this year – There will be time – was partly chosen because 2020 is a leap year, when we gain an extra day of time that didn’t exist in the previous year. Poetry Ireland says that this theme resonates with us in another way due to the impact of the Covid-19 measures on our daily lives and our sense of time passing. There is still plenty of time for people to register their virtual/online only event on the Poetry Day website.