The lengthening days bring us closer to our fourth festival. We are very excited about this year’s programme of events that contain something for everyone. The festival will open on Friday night with the hugely popular Poetry Slam. On Saturday the Big Poetry Day Out is an invitation to local people and visitors to the beautiful seaside town of Skerries to come out and stay for the day to enjoy all that is on offer.
The committee spent a morning in April discussing the future of the festival and how we can make it sustainable into the future. The following article was printed in Skerries News:
Skerries is the home of the Fingal Poetry Festival, which has been run every September since 2020. This year, the festival’s fourth outing, has a programme with something for everyone. With an overarching vision to enhance, animate and promote all-inclusive community life in Skerries and Fingal, the committee has worked hard to deliver a high quality, varied, accessible, sustainable, low-carbon festival of poetry and music, embracing Irish, English and ISL and other languages present in the community. The support of local volunteers, businesses and community groups is greatly appreciated and was acknowledged, as was the funding of the festival by, Fingal County Council and continued sponsorship by DHL.
The final reflection of our session of shared ideas and distilled vision for the Fingal Poetry Festival was on the importance of nurture, a core thread running through so much of what we continue to seek to do. Nurturing our community through offering the festival, nurturing emerging artists, nurturing ourselves and supporting people on committee and volunteers to take on new roles and responsibilities, nurturing our performers with hospitality, nurturing connections with place of Skerries and its environs. We are very excited about the sustained future of the Festival and look forward to welcoming poets and musicians to Skerries in September.
Creative Director, local poet Enda Coyle Greene, said “The committee benefited greatly from our session with Jane Landy and we would like to thank her wholeheartedly.”