Thursday, April 28, 2011

Poetry Slam in Drogheda

The Third Great Drogheda Poetry Slam will take place at 7pm on this Saturday 30th April in McHugh’s Pub, Chord Road, Drogheda as part of the of the Drogheda Arts Festival Fringe.

Last year’s Slam saw over twenty poets compete in two categories: Page Poets, defined as those writing to be read and themselves reading from the page to compete, and Performance Poets, who write to be heard and will present their work from memory without script First prize in each category will be €100. Those wishing to compete should come to the venue at 6.30pm to sign in for a start time of 7pm and bring at least two poems.

MC for the evening is Roger Hudson, well-known Drogheda poet and author, whose collection Greybell Wood and Beyond, also published by Lapwing. He was himself a finalist in the recent Cuirt Grand Slam competition.

Key rules are that poets may enter only one category, should bring at least two poems which must be their own work with a maximum length of three minutes each but in any style, and that no costume, props or music are allowed. A full set of rules on request from Competitors may also pre-register for the competition at this address.

This year’s Guest poet is Marie MacSweeney who will read from her two collections; Mother Cecily's Music Room and Flying During the Hours of Darkness, both published by Lapwing. The Slam is sponsored by Coca-Cola International Services and presented by Drogheda Creative Writers.

Last year’s winners were Drogheda poets John ‘Dixie’ Nugent and Patrick Dillon. Strong talents are expected this year from other parts of Ireland promising an even fiercer battle!

Enquiries to: Mark Kearns, Event Organiser, 087 939 5217.

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