Poetry Town is an initiative of Poetry Ireland in association with local authority arts offices, and as part of the initiative Kerry poet Dairena Ní Chinnéide has been appointed Poet Laureate for Listowel. Dairena will write a specially commissioned poem honouring the town and its people, which will be unveiled at a flagship online event on Friday September 10th. She will also direct a number of poetry workshops during the week.
Other activities taking place include a series of poetry readings involving local poets; poetry workshops for schools; public poetry displays, including ‘Poetry Underfoot’; and a range of physical activities called ‘Poems that Move You’. Local cafés and chemists will also be participating in the activities to celebrate their towns by distributing ‘pocket poems’ to customers.
Listowel Poetry Town events and booking details can be viewed on the Poetry Town website by clicking