Poets, cast out your lines for Thoor Closing Night this weekend

Aspiring poets are asked to answer the call of Yeats this weekend at the Thoor Closing Night at the Yeats Tower in Gort and to read their poems at the usually lively event.

Irish poets, learn your trade,

Sing whatever is well made...

Sing the peasantry and then Hard-riding country gentlemen...

Sing the lords and ladies gay

That were beaten into the clay

Through seven heroic centuries;

Cast your mind on other daysThat we in coming days may be

Still the indomitable Irishry

So. Are we still the indomitable Irishry? One poem only per poet -- no pseudonyms. Add name and address/email/phone to submitted poem.

Poems should be under three minutes to say/read and must be emailed to arts @galwaybayfm.ie.

Up to three poets may be chosen.The chosen poet or poets must be available to come and say or read the poem on October 7 in Thoor Ballylee from 7.30pm onward. There will be a modest award for the poem which, in the opinion of the audience, best responds to Yeats’s poem.

Guests on the night will include Lisa McInerney and Sarah Clancy.

The Truth and Other Stories is Sarah Clancy’s third collection of poetry. In it she excavates the personal and psychological wreckage caused by a grim and unrelenting recession in her native Ireland and further afield. She does this without sacrificing any of the warmth, wit or linguistic extremity we have come to expect from her.

Lisa McInerney’s first novel The Glorious Heresies won the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and the 2016 Desmond Elliott Prize. Her second novel, The Blood Miracles, was published in April 2017 and she is just finishing her third. She lives in Gort (Her work has featured in Winter Papers, The Stinging Fly, Granta and on BBC Radio 4 )


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