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Plan a poetic surprise on Poetry Day Ireland, Thursday 26 April 2018

Tuesday 6 February 2018

Poetry Day Ireland is a major one-day festival of Irish Poetry, which falls on the last Thursday of April each year. Led by Poetry Ireland, the aim of the day is to get everyone reading, writing and enjoying Irish poetry – often in unexpected ways. Almost 150 poetry-related events took place on Poetry Day Ireland last year, in libraries, bookshops, arts centres, schools, hotels, nightclubs, bars, cafes and street corners from Kerry to Derry. Poems were also shared in cafes, on train posters, in hospitals, wildlife parks and online, with #PoetryDayIRL trending at number 1 on Twitter for most of the day.

Poetry Day Ireland 2018 will take place on Thursday 26th of April, and the theme this year is Poetry Surprises!:

Poetry surprises. It knocks on your door and runs away. It greets you on the street with a face you haven’t seen in years. Look in the mirror and poetry shows you the back of your head. It can rearrange the stars and resurrect the past. When your breath snags and your heart thumps; when something strokes your neck and makes you jump: that’s poetry.


Poetry Ireland want to hear about the truths and revelations that a poem has dropped unexpectedly on your doorstep. Whether there is a poem hiding in your attic or you’re still vibrating from the electric shock of a particularly powerful jolt of verse, we’re asking everyone to spring some poetry surprises on Poetry Day Ireland: 26 April 2018.

All events are welcomed, from low-key to large-scale. Anyone thinking of planning an event this year can find information and inspiration on how to join in the celebrations at Register your event on the websie by Thursday 1 March 2018 to make the deadline for this year’s printed brochure. If you don’t make this deadline, you can register your event as soon as it’s confirmed and Poetry Ireland include your event on our website listings.

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Poetry Surprises is the theme for Poetry Day Ireland, 26 April 2018. If you fancy planning an event big or small see Submit your event by 1 March to make the deadline for the Poetry Day Ireland 2018 brochure #PoetryDayIRL.

Poetry Ireland gratefully acknowledges the support of its principal funders the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Arts Council of Northern Ireland.  


Muireann Sheahan | Communications Manager

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