Compose yourself; it’s National Poetry Day

By Dan Walsh

Today (Thursday) is Poetry Day Ireland and the theme is Written in the Stars, so why not position the toilet seat appropriately and write a poem; or scribble while on the train or bus; or simply read a poem that is in keeping with the mood of the moment!

Now in its eighth year, this day-long celebration of the crafted word, spoken and written, is presented by Poetry Ireland in partnership with poetry enthusiasts the length and breadth of the island of Ireland.

JOE NEAL reading from his latest book Rossetti’s Wombat (File Pic)

Two important events happening in Wexford town to mark the auspicious occasion. Four distinguished poets – Margaret Galvan, Sinead O’Reilly, Mary O’Brien and A.M. Cousins – will read at the Wexford Library at 7pm. It is a free event but it would be appreciated if a booking could be made to help facilitate the numbers.

Joe Neal, distinguished poet, actor, journalist from Castlebridge, will be reading upstairs in The Book Centre, Main Street, Wexford, at 3pm and he would love to have you in the audience. Free event.  

Adopting the theme for your Poetry Day Ireland event is in no way compulsory, but if you do find some inspiration, whether in the tea leaves at the bottom of your cup or in a dream, we can’t wait to see your take on it!

Happy Poetry Day Ireland; maximise creativity and use magic with the words and phrases to an original mix that will exercise mental health and moisten literary taste buds.

AUDIO ADDITION ; Poet JOE NEAL tells DAN WALSH about two Wexford events for Poetry Ireland Day.

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