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Fingal Poetry Festival 2022: 15th to 18th September

Thank you agus Go Raibh Maith Agat to all those who entered our 2022 poetry competitions!

An Fiach Dubh for poetry in Irish. The Fingal Poetry Prize for poetry in English.
Poets are competing for prizes of €500 / €300 / €200 for each! The competitions closed on 30 June 2022, the poems are now with the judges, and the winning poems will be presented in September at our festival.

Our mission

The Fingal Poetry Festival is now in its third year and continuing to grow.

From our base at Skerries Mills, within easy reach of Dublin, we aim to engage with the broader community of Fingal in order to present the very best poetry to the widest possible audience.  No poet ever arrives fully formed, and our remit is that poets at every stage of development — from the peer–lead, creative writing groups where so many hone their craft, to the emerging talents and interesting voices out there waiting to be heard, right through to the leading contemporary exponents of the art — should and will be represented at the festival.  Our mission is community and cultural engagement, inclusivity, equality, diversity, and openness through the English and Irish language. We are working towards a more sustainable Festival and will explore ways to reduce our Carbon footprint. We endeavour to make poetry accessible to everyone, and our partner in this will always be music, close cousin to rhyme and metre.  We very much hope to see you in Skerries!

Poetry will be ever present in the town in the run-up to the Festival and of course during the Festival weekend: expect poetry in shop windows, on benches along our scenic seaside and on footpaths. We look forward to a colourful illumination and projection of poetry in Floraville, our lovely town centre park beside Skerries Library. All in all we are aiming to create a colourful, lively festival atmosphere in the town. Be prepared to be surprised!

Is cúis áthais dúinn go bhfuil ócáidí as Gaeilge agus ócáidí dátheangacha (Gaeilge/Béarla) againn ar chlár na Féile i mbliana. Beidh mionsonraí le fáil anseo. It gives us great pleasure to have Irish language events and bilingual (Irish/English) events on our Festival programme this year. Details will be available here.

Polasaí Gaeilge na Féile  /  The Festival’s Irish Language Policy –  please click here

Many of our events will be free and in unusual places as we want to bring poetry out into the community – we are planning to bring much loved poetry and music into Fingal care homes.

We are also reaching out to the deaf community by having sign language interpretation at some live events, as well as poetry written and performed by deaf poets, interpreted for the hearing audience. Our pre-recorded video footage will be subtitled.

There will be online workshops as well as poets engaging directly with the pupil. All local school children in Skerries were invited to write poems, which will be on display during the Festival weekend.

The relevant Government Covid regulations will be strictly observed at all times.

Support by the Arts Council, Fingal County Council and Poetry Ireland is gratefully acknowledged.
The Fingal Poetry Prize is sponsored by DHL.
An Fiach Dubh, the Irish language poetry prize, is sponsored by Progressive Credit Union.