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Multi-award-winning writer Margaret Atwood to headline Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s The Poetry Weekender in September.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in association with Poetry Ireland are delighted to announce The Poetry Weekender, a two-day celebration of poetry taking place at dlr LexIcon and its environs on the 17th and 18th September 2022. Programmed by dlr Poet in Residence Jessica Traynor and Poetry Ireland, The Poetry Weekender is kindly funded by Creative Ireland.

“Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is delighted to partner with Poetry Ireland on The Poetry Weekender which will give audiences on opportunity to hear from some of the best poets writing today including the incredible and inspirational Margaret Atwood as well as an abundance of home-grown talent.” An Cathaoirleach, Councillor Mary Hanafin

“dlr County Council is thrilled to celebrate the culmination of a year’s work by our poet in residence Jessica Traynor with The Poetry Weekender which will showcase a wealth of poetic talent. With readings, masterclasses, a poetry walk and some music thrown into the mix, this promises to be a fantastic weekend for poetry enthusiasts.” Frank Curran, CEO, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council 

The Poetry Weekender programme includes a poetry masterclass with Costa Prize-winner Hannah Lowe, a words + music workshop for teens with musician Farah Elle, and a Gingko walk around Dún Laoghaire led by poets Rosamund Taylor and Katie Donovan.

The Carbon Project; a new pamphlet of eco-poetry edited by Jessica Traynor and the culmination of workshops given to local writers during her residency will be launched as part of The Poetry Weekender. Contributors include Sree Sen, Monica de Bhailís, Charlotte Buckley, Jane Robinson and more.

There will be a celebration of the latest issue of the much-loved Poetry Ireland Review, edited by Professor Gerald Dawe with ‘Poetry Ireland Review by the Sea’, featuring readings by celebrated poets Jean O’Brien, Simon Ó Faoláin, John O’Donnell, and Moya Cannon.

Saturday’s headline event at dlr LexIcon Studio features Costa Prize-winner Rachel Long, Varuna Writer’s Residency recipient Catherine Phil MacCarthy, Forward Prize winner Stephen Sexton and poet and musician Maija Sofia.
On Sunday 18th September, The Poetry Weekender will culminate with the headline event The Poetry of Margaret Atwood, at dlr Pavilion Theatre in Dún Laoghaire. One of the world’s most renowned writers, Margaret Atwood will read from Dearly, her latest collection of poetry. She will also talk about her poetry influences and the state of the world in what promises to be a fascinating conversation with author, archivist, and scholar Catriona Crowe.

Best known for her fiction, Margaret Atwood’s ground-breaking and bestselling novels include The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments, Oryx and Crake, among others. However, she has, from the beginning of her career, been one of the world's most significant contemporary poets. She is one of the very few writers equally accomplished in fiction and poetry.  Her 2020 collection Dearly is a stunning achievement, and this headline event The Poetry of Margaret Atwood is much anticipated. 

“Dearly is her first in over 10 years, is a reckoning with the past that comes from a place of wisdom and control. At 81, she harnesses the experience of a lifetime to assume a wry distance from her subjects – as if, in an astounding world, nothing could throw her off balance.”  Kate Kellaway, The Observer, November 2020

Tickets for Margaret Atwood will be available from Pavilion Theatre from 5th August at 1pm

Tickets for all other events will be available on dlr Arts and Poetry Ireland

Presented by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in association with Poetry Ireland and kindly funded by Creative Ireland.


Saturday 17th September


Farah Elle Workshop
For 12 -14 year olds
Tickets free but booking on Eventbrite is recommended Book Here

Carbon Project Launch
With dlr Poet in Residence Jessica Traynor, Sree Sen, Monica de Bhailis, Jo Sachs Eldridge, Jane Robinson, Tanya O’Sullivan, Charlotte Buckley, Edel Burke and Jess McKinney
dlr LexIcon Studio
Tickets are free but booking on Eventbrite is recommended Book here

Rachel Long, Catherine Phil MacCarthy and Stephen Sexton for a night of poetry with music by Maija Sofia
dlr LexIcon Studio
Tickets: €10/8 from eventbrite Book here

Sunday 18th September

Dún Laoghaire Gingko Walk
With Katie Donovan and Rosamund Taylor
Meeting Point, dlr LexIcon (Haigh Terrace entrance by the pond)
11am -12 noon
Tickets are free but booking on Eventbrite is recommended Book here 

Masterclass with Hannah Lowe
Meeting Room 3, level 5, dlr LexIcon
By application to
Tickets: €10/8 (scholarship places available if unable to pay)

Words by the Sea: Poetry Ireland Review
With Moya Cannon, Jean O’Brien, John O’Donnell and Simon O’Faolain
dlr LexIcon Gallery
Tickets; €10/8 from eventbrite Book here 

Margaret Atwood
With Catriona Crowe

Pavilion Theatre
Tickets: €30 from Pavilion Theatre Book here