Sunday, September 27, 2009

Poetry in the Cathedral - All Ireland Poetry Day

All-Ireland Poetry Day, October 1, will be celebrated in Trim this year with a poetry reading session in one of the town’s ‘cool’ venues: St Patrick’s Cathedral, Loman St.

The Boyne Writers Group is organising the event, which takes place at 11am on Thursday next, October 1.

“The Trim event will be a relaxed and very informal occasion,” said Boyne Writers Group chairman Paddy Smith. “Admission is free and it’s open to all. We expect our attendance will be made up of people who simply like poetry – either reading it or listening to it.

“You can drop in for 10 minutes or you can stay for an hour,” he said. “Just remember to duck as you come in through the door of the cathedral – in case you get hit by a stray sonnet or an odd rhyme.”

People are invited to read their favourite poems (from school, for instance), or to read their own work, or to read a poem written by someone they know. “It’s an Open Mic session,” says Paddy. “As you come into the cathedral, write your name down if you wish to read and we’ll call everyone in turn. We’d love it if people brought two or three poems each, although if a big crowd turns up we may have to confine the readings to just one poem each.

“We in the Boyne Writers Group would like to thank Rev Robert Jones for so readily agreeing to allow us to use St Patrick’s Cathedral for the readings. It’s one of the coolest ‘spaces’ in the town and I’ve always wanted to attend something there. This is it!”

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