The Literary Festival will take place in Richmond Barracks, Inchicore and will look at and celebrate the works of local poets.

About this Event

The Literary Festival will take place in Richmond Barracks, Inchicore and will look at and celebrate the works of local poets Thomas Kinsella, Michael Harnett, and Francis Ledwidge.

Friday April 26th at 7pm

Gala Launch and a talk by Gerald Dawe Professor (Emeritus) of English, Trinity College Dublin on the work of Thomas Kinsella. The talk will be chaired by Liam O’Meara and there will be a poetic response by poet Jean O’Brien. This is the first year Inchicore will celebrate Kinsella, who was born in Inchicore.

Saturday April 27th

11am – Celebrating the work of Michael Harnett who wrote the Inchicore Haiku. Screening of “A Necklace of Wrens” followed by discussion.

2.30pm – Desmond Egan, Director of the Gerard Manley Hopkins Summer School will give a talk on the work and life of Michael Harnett, who lived in Inchicore for 10 years. This talk will be chaired by poet Bernie Jameson with a response by poet Eithne Cavanagh. Launch of Inchicore Haiku. Songs by Eilish Moore and Peter Byrne

4.00pm – Poems by four modern poets, reading their own work.

Sunday April 28th

11am – ‘Behind The Closed Eye’ will be shown to celebrate the work of Francis Ledwidge.

2.30pm – Talk on the life of Francis Ledwidge, his poetry and his experiences in World War One by Rosemary Yore, curator of the Francis Ledwidge Cottage Museum, Slane, Co Meath. This event will be chaired by Michael O’Flanagan with a response by poet Catherine Ann Cullen. Songs on Ledwidge by Miriam Boylan O’Gara.

4.00pm – Poems by four modern poets, reading their own work.

More details TBC

Admission for the event will be €5 per session or €20 for a weekend pass.

Tickets available at the door.