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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