Poetry Town

Listowel has been designated as one of 20 Poetry Towns throughout the island of Ireland with a plethora of poetry related events taking place during the week of September 10th to 18th. Kerry Writers’ Museum is delighted to be partnering with St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre to bring you a varied programme of events.

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


Poetry Town