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The Bailieborough Poetry Festival & Poetry Competition 2017

This October will see the hosting of the 5th annual Bailieborough Poetry Festival in the east Cavan town. After last year’s successful collaboration with The Gallery Press we have gone for a different lineup of artists in 2017. There will be local, national and international talents performing during the weekend’s activities.

From Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th October there will be numerous events organised by LitLab including a visual art exhibition in the local Library arts space, a launch of the LitLab group’s third anthology of poems, a musical performance of spoken word, poetry workshops by visiting poets, 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 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 2017 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. Click here for full competition conditions and rules.

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

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