Programme of Events

Events Programme

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Sunday, May 5

Launch of Cyphers 96 and featuring Contributors TBA

Launch of Cyphers 96 and featuring contributors TBA.

Venue : Stables
Time : 12:15
Saturday, May 4

Launch: Washing Windows IV: Irish Women Write Poetry

Launch: Washing Windows IV.

With readings of new poems by Liz McManus, Jackie Lynam, Phyl Herbert, Shauna Gilligan, Sile Agnew, Mary Rose Callaghan & Carmel Uí Cheallaigh among many others.

Venue : Stables
Time : 14:00
Sunday, May 5

Announcement of Strokestown International Poetry Festival Competition Winner

Announcement by Enda Wyley of Strokestown International Poetry Festival Competition winner, and with readings from the shortlisted poets and overall winner.

Featuring : Enda Wyley
Venue : Stables
Time : 14:00
Sunday, May 5

What Poems Look Like. Poet and short filmmaker Pat Boran introduces his prize-winning poetry films.

What Poems Look Like.

Poet and short filmmaker Pat Boran introduces his prize-winning poetry films, and explores the interplay of words, images, and music to produce a distinctive poetry in motion. Followed by Q&A.

Featuring : Pat Boran
Venue : Stables
Time : 11:00
Sunday, May 5

Joan McBreen Lecture: Novelist and festival curator, Belinda McKeon

Novelist and festival curator, Belinda McKeon, delivers the Joan McBreen lecture on poetry: Striding Over: Enjambment and the Pandemic Poem.

Featuring : Belinda McKeon
Venue : Stables
Time : 16:00
Sunday, May 5

Brilliant Mysteries: Music & Poetry Performance

Brilliant Mysteries: Music and Poetry with Duke Special & James Harpur.

Poetry and songs have much in common, yet they possess unique characteristics. Join Duke Special and James Harpur as they take you on a fascinating journey to explore the inspiration that comes from different art forms colliding.

Featuring : James Harpur, Duke Special
Venue : Café
Time : 21:00
Sunday, May 5

Poetry Reading: Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin & Peter Sirr will read from recent work

Poetry reading: Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin & Peter Sirr will read from recent work.

Featuring : Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Peter Sirr
Venue : Stables
Time : 19:30
Sunday, May 5

Book Launch: Eva Bourke, Geraldine Mills & Joseph Woods present new work

Book Launch:

Eva Bourke, Geraldine Mills & Joseph Woods present new work.

Featuring : Eva Bourke, Geraldine Mills, Joseph Woods
Venue : Stables
Time : 18:30
Saturday, May 4

Los Lorcas – Poetry in Concert, with poets Partridge Boswell and Peter Money, and guitarist Nat Williams

Los Lorcas: Poetry in Concert.

Poets Partridge Boswell and Peter Money, along with guitarist Nat Williams, fuse poetry and music in a passionate and surprising mash-up and featuring the poetry of Patrick Kavanagh, William Butler Yeats, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Eavan Boland, Van Morrison, Federico Garcia Lorca and Seamus Heaney, among others.

Featuring : Los Lorcas
Venue : Café
Time : 21:00
Saturday, May 4

An Evening Poetry Reading with Jane Clarke, Pat Boran & Mary O’Donnell

An evening poetry reading with Jane Clarke, Pat Boran & Mary O’Donnell.

Featuring : Jane Clarke, Pat Boran, Mary O’Donnell
Venue : Café
Time : 19:30
Saturday, May 4

Book Launch: Tony Curtis & Gerard Reidy will present new work

Book launch.

Tony Curtis & Gerard Reidy will present new work.

Featuring : Tony Curtis, Gerard Reidy
Venue : Stables
Time : 15:30
Saturday, May 4

Bilingual Poetry Reading with Celia de Fréine & Eithne Ní Ghallchobhair

Bilingual poetry reading with Celia de Fréine & Eithne Ní Ghallchobhair.

Léifidh Celia de Fréine agus Eithne Ní Ghallchobhair óna gcuid filíochta i nGaeilge agus i mBéarla.

Featuring : Celia de Fréine, Eithne Ní Ghallchobhair
Venue : Stables
Time : 12:15
Saturday, May 4

Poetry Reading by Patrick Deeley & Enda Wyley

Poetry reading by Patrick Deeley & Enda Wyley.

Featuring : Patrick Deeley, Enda Wyley
Venue : Stables
Time : 17:00
Saturday, May 4

Film Screening: Learning Gravity

A Feature Documentary (70 minutes), directed by Cathal Black and drawing on the work of undertaker, poet and essayist, Thomas Lynch.

Venue : Stables
Time : 11:00
Friday, May 3

All Inclusive Weekend Tickets

The Weekend Ticket represents a 20% saving over the total cost of events booked individually.

Does not include Poetry Workshop on Saturday.

Venue : Strokestown Park House
Time :
Friday, May 3

Roscommon Writers Read

Roscommon writers read:

Gerry Boland, Louise G. Cole, Jessamine O’Connor & Michael O’Dea.

Featuring : Gerry Boland, Louise G. Cole, Jessamine O’Connor, Michael O’Dea
Venue : Café
Time : 19:30
Friday, May 3

Poetry Reading with Rita Ann Higgins & Thomas Lynch

Featuring : Thomas Lynch, Rita Ann Higgins
Venue : Café
Time : 21:00
Saturday, May 4

Poetry Workshop: Writing Nature Poetry: Presence, Loss & Restoration

Poetry Workshop, 10.30am to 1.00pm

Join poet Jane Clarke to explore how we can write vivid and arresting poetry inspired by the natural world. We will read a range of contemporary nature poems with an eye to the role of the poet at this time of environmental crisis. With prompts and guidance, we will generate new work and we will also consider practices to further develop our writing.

The workshop is limited and advance booking necessary.

Following payment, please send two poems (40 lines or less) to sipfestivaldirector@gmail.com for this workshop.

Featuring : Jane Clarke
Venue : Garden Teahouse / Attic
Time : 10:30