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The Bailieborough Poetry Festival 2019

The 7th Bailieborough Poetry Festival will take place this year from 3rd to 5th October. Building on previous years’ events we have a refreshing group of poets, artists, readers and musicians.

In keeping with past festivals, the festival will open with an art exhibition by Cavan-based artist, Jim McPartln on the Thursday of the weekend in the arts space of Bailieborough Library. This will be followed by LitLab readings. 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 and a walking tour of local literary places of interest.

This year’s festival welcomes recently appointed Writer-in-Residence, Anthony J Quinn, who has already become involved in numerous projects in the county and across the pre-Brexit border. He hails from County Tyrone and will be reading his own work and providing advice for aspiring writers.

Visiting poets this year will include Pat Boran and Moya Cannon 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 poet Kate Ennals will also feature this year.

All poets have a significant body of published work and we are delighted to have them grace the festival as guest readers. Watch our website for a list of readers for this event closer to the festival.

The Bailieborough Poetry Prize 2019

The Poetry Prize 2019 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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