Thursday, 27 April 2017

Poetry Day at Poetry Ireland

The day started off promising when, as I was walking from Busárus to Poetry Ireland on Parnell Square, I stopped to scribble down a haiku.....

Haiku for Poetry Day

It does the soul good
Dublin on Poetry Day
All the way from Cork

#connectwithapoem #PoetryDayIRL

Thinking that the event was on in The Writers' Centre - I was sitting having a coffee when I realised I was in the wrong building.

The event kicked off with the Alexander Technique by Tomas Hardiman. We were soon sitting serenely, nicely prepared for a refreshing talk by poet @Jane Clarke who shared some wonderful nuggets.

Jane was followed by Poetry Ireland's Marketing Manager, Muireann Sheahan who imparted some of her knowledge on advertising and publicity. After coffee, bikkies and chat Paul Perry, poet and novelist gave guidance on grant applications. The day came to a conclusion when Don Patterson poet and poetry editor at Picador gave an interesting conversational style masterclass on poetry publishing.

Unfortunately I couldn't stay for the launch of a new collection of poetry by Colette Bryce who was reading alongside her editor, Don Patterson.

Well done to all involved at Poetry Ireland.   Link to a more detailed blog post on this day.