Poetry Day

Poetry Day

Nationwide, Thursday 2nd May 2019

Poetry Day Ireland is a major one-day festival of Irish poetry. In 2019 we'll be celebrating Poetry Day Ireland on Thursday May 2nd and the theme for 2019 is Truth or Dare?

The 20th century writer Jean Cocteau reckoned that ‘a poet is a liar who always speaks the truth'. We think he was on to something. In today's world of endless spin, our relationship with the truth has become, well, complicated! The distilled language of great poetry cuts straight to the truth. It dares us to reveal our most honest emotions and sharpens our focus on the world.

Or if the truth makes you despair, plunge into a dare. Writing a poem is a courageous act. We dare you to write badly or brilliantly. To flail and fail and do it again. If writing's not for you, then we dare you to share a poem, and see what a difference that can make.

Almost 150 poetry-related events took place on Poetry Day Ireland last year, in libraries, bookshops, arts centres, schools, hotels, nightclubs, bars, cafés and street corners from Kerry to Derry. Everyone is invited to join in and celebrate!

Thursday 2nd May 2019
Dublin, Ireland

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An Evening with Edna – (Dublin: One City, One Book)

The Mansion House

An Evening with Edna - (Dublin: One City, One Book) Spend the evening in the company of Edna O’Brien, author of this year's Dublin: One City, One Book, and one of Ireland's most treasured writers. Edna will be interviewed by writer Colum McCann about her enormous contribution to world literature. She will be joined by singer Moya Brennan and harpist Cormac de Barra, playing some of her favourite music. Selected excerpts from The Country Girls Trilogy will be read by actor Seána Kerslake at this very special event.

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The Greatest Showman


The Greatest Showman - special screening with guest performances from local dance troupe, Threads. Step right up and into the spellbinding imagination of a man who set out to reveal that life itself can be the most thrilling show of all. Inspired by the legend and ambitions of America's original pop-culture impresario, P.T. Barnum, comes an inspirational rags-to-riches tale of a brash dreamer who rose from nothing to prove that anything you can envision is possible and that everyone, no matter how invisible, has a stupendous story worthy of a world-class spectacle.

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Words+Ideas: Rose McGowan


Words+Ideas: Rose McGowan gained global recognition as a leading actress and is now best known as a feminist whistle-blower, activist and agent of change. Interviewed live on-stage, McGowan will explore the realities of exposing the truth about the inequality and injustice of the entertainment industry and shining a light on a multi-billion-dollar business built on systemic misogyny. How can we dismantle the concept of 'fame'? How do we continue to maintain the strength required to be Brave? The past 18 months have been an incredibly turbulent time in McGowan's life, but her most recent and

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