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The Bailieborough Poetry Festival 2018

The 6th Bailieborough Poetry Festival will take place this year from 4th to 7th October. Building on previous years’ events we have a fresh batch of poets, artists, readers and musicians.

In keeping with past festivals, the festival will open with an art exhibition by renowned artist Ruth McDonnell on the Thursday of the weekend in the arts space of Bailieborough Library. This is an exhibition of words written in response to paintings. It’s a conversation between poets and a painter; a dialogue between two ways of thinking and feeling about the world. It began on the 3 July this year when the writers from Bailieborough’s LitLab visited the studio of Ruth Mc Donnell in Virginia. There they saw paintings and drawings, sketches and studies, works in progress and abandoned ideas – the normal hits and misses of an artist’s workplace. And influenced by that visit, the LitLab authors produced these poems. The exchange between word and image has a long history in every culture. Leonardo da Vinci tells us, “ Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen” – which is all very fine, but what do you think?

This will be followed by LitLab readings based on the artwork on display. Following this there will be poetry and music in a local hostelry. Over the course of the weekend there will be poetry workshops by visiting poets aimed at participants at all levels of writing experience, interviews, open mic events, the presentation of the Bailieborough Poetry prize sponsored by the Bailie Hotel and a walking tour of local literary places of interest.

The visiting poets this year will include Enda Wylie and Anne Marie Ní Churreáin both of whom will be conducting workshops on the Saturday morning of the festival. Early booking is advised as the workshops are always oversubscribed. Cavan poets P.J. Kennedy and Brendan McCann will feature this year, both have a significant body of published work and we are delighted to have them grace our portals as guest readers. For the first time we are hosting an event by the Irish Writers’ Centre through Cavan Arts Office. Watch our website for a list of readers for this event closer to the festival.

The Bailieborough Poetry Prize 2018 sponsored by the Bailie Hotel

The Poetry Prize 2018 will be an open competition with a first prize of €300 for the winning poet. Click here for full competition conditions and rules of entry.

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

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