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The Bailieborough Poetry Festival  & Poetry Competition  2016

Welcome to the  Bailieborough Poetry Festival website.  This year we are celebrating the fourth festival and in keeping with previous festivals we have expanded the number of artists and poets coming to Bailieborough the weekend of 6th -8th October. Watch this space to see an updated list of this year’s readers and festival programme.

The LitLab group of writers are hosting a weekend of readings, workshops, open mic sessions, art exhibitions, etc. The festival this year welcomes Gallery Press and this promises to be a significant addition to the 2016 festival.  One of the highlights of the weekend in past years has been the live adjudication of the shortlisted poets in The Bailieborough Poetry Competition.

The LitLab began in 2006 when Meath and Cavan County Councils announced plans to mentor new and emerging writers in the two counties. The initial workshops were held in Kells Library under the guidance of John McAllister, author, from Armagh. The first public reading was held in Virginia, Co.Cavan in May 2007.  Since then the group membership has changed with over forty writers passing through its doors. There are currently eight members in the group which meets fortnightly in Bailieborough Library.  A broadsheet of the group’s early work was published in Feb 2008 in Ashbourne entitled “Murmurs”.  At previous festivals the Litlab launched two collections of members’ work: “Under a Thrupenny Moon'” in 2013  and “Behind the Lines”  at last year’s festival.

The Bailieborough Poetry Prize 2016 sponsored by the Bailie Hotel

This year’s event is an open competition and is sponsored by the Bailie Hotel. There will be a prize of €300 for the winning poet. There will be a runner up prize of €50 and also a special award for the highest ranking poet living in the Cavan-Meath area.  Click here for full competition conditions and rules.

Remember Bailieborough Poetry Festival,……………….. WHERE WORDS MATTER.

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