Today is the day! Fingal Poetry Festival is coming to town!

Today at 8.30pm, Floraville will play stage to poetry and music, launching this year’s Festival in style by celebrating the light that poetry brings to our lives.

Listen to poetry and watch a live performance of “Currents”, a specially commissioned poem by Sunday’s Child.

“Currents” will also feature in our spectacular new video projection, which will stay in situ until the Final Verses have rung out on September 18th.

Music by Oscar Churcher, cello, and Diarmuid Slattery, guitar.

Bring yourself and everyone you know to Floraville Park, Na Sceirí (Skerries), Co. Contae Bhaile Átha Cliath (Dublin) at 8.30pm today, 1 September 2022, for the Illumination of Floraville. This is a free event — all welcome!!

We can’t wait to see you later today!

The Illumination of Floraville marks the beginning of the third Fingal Poetry Festival.

Our raven has already escaped and scattered poetry all over Skerries town — giving us a glimpse of what the Festival weekend will hold.

Opening Verses and so much more from 15 to 18 September

On Thursday, September 15th, we will open the weekend with Opening Verses in the Watermills Café, Skerries Mills, where we will present an exciting new film poem by Pat Boran, especially commissioned for the Fingal Poetry Festival. Live readings will also be provided by Aifric Mac Aodha and Kate Miller. Keith Burke and Sarah May Rogers will play for us on the night, followed by an aerial dance spectacle with Polina Shapkina and Ruairí O’Shea.

Raven illustrations, poster and brochure design: Matthew Kelly

This will be followed by a jam-packed schedule full of poetry walks through the High Woods of Ardgillan Castle and Red Island, lunchtime poetry readings, glittering evenings filled with poetry and live music, family-friendly events, and online workshops.

Find the full programme here on our website!

If you have any questions about the events, we’d love to hear from you at fingalpoetryfestival@fingalpoetryfestival

You can also listen to the Fingal Poetry Festival podcast …. In each episode, a poet will read a poem, which they will then speak about before reading it again. In 10 minutes or less, armed with these insights, you will be guided through the poem and pulled into the heart and mind of the poet. In this series, we feature four of Ireland’s most interesting and celebrated poets:

The first two are already up on our dedicated podcast page:

  • Mary Branley shares the cinematic landscape of Benbulben in Sligo
  • Gerard Smyth transports us to the shores of Waterford and the icy winter of 1947

And in a week’s time, Leontia Flynn will bring us back to analog days in South Down. And Dermot Bolger will takes us for a spin on the Fingal Mobile library…

Much to look forward to! And it all starts tonight. See you there…?

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