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Dún Laoghaire welcomes a weekend of poetry

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Dún Laoghaire welcomes a weekend of poetry

3 min read


Dún Laoghaire welcomes a weekend of poetry

The coastal enclave will buzz with the written word and welcome the likes of Margaret Atwood, Hannah Lowe, Rosamund Taylor, Katie Donovan and more this September.

A two-day celebration of poetry, The Poetry Weekender takes place at dlr LexIcon and its environs from 17-18 September. 

Programmed by dlr Poet in Residence Jessica Traynor and Poetry Ireland, this Creative Ireland-funded event will treat audiences with the opportunity to hear from some of the very best poets writing today – including the lauded Margaret Atwood – as well as a plethora of home-grown talent. 

With a stellar programme featuring readings, masterclasses, a poetry walk and music too, an inspirational weekend for poetry enthusiasts is on the cards.

Just some of The Poetry Weekender programme includes: a poetry masterclass with Costa Prize-winner Hannah Lowe, a words and music workshop for teens with musician Farah Elle, and a Gingko walk around Dún Laoghaire led by poets Rosamund Taylor and Katie Donovan

‘The Carbon Project’; a new pamphlet of eco-poetry edited by dlr Poet in Residence Jessica Traynor will be launched as part of the weekend too, while contributions from Sree Sen, Monica de Bhailís, Charlotte Buckley, Jane Robinson and more will also feature.  

Margaret Atwood at The Pavilion Theatre

Saturday’s headline event at dlr LexIcon Studio will feature Rachel Long, Varuna Writer’s Residency recipient Catherine Phil MacCarthy, Forward Prize winner Stephen Sexton, and poet and musician Maija Sofia.  

This fascinating weekend will close with the headline event, ‘The Poetry of Margaret Atwood’, at the Pavilion Theatre. One of the world’s most renowned writers, Margaret Atwood will read from her latest collection of poetry – ‘Dearly’. Atwood will also discuss her poetry influences and the wider world in what promises to be an enthralling conversation with author, archivist, and scholar Catriona Crowe.

The Poetry Weekender is presented by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in association with Poetry Ireland and is funded by Creative Ireland. 

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