Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in association with Poetry Ireland is 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 of September 2022.
Programmed by dlr Poet in Residence, Jessica Traynor and Poetry Ireland, The Poetry Weekender is kindly funded by Creative Ireland.
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.
An Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Councillor Mary Hanafin stated:
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.
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 Hannah Lowe, Varuna Writer’s Residency recipient, Catherine Phil MacCarthy, Forward Prize winner Stephen Sexton and poet and musician Maija Sofia.
Frank Curran, Chief Executive of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council also stated:
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.
On Sunday 18th September, 'The Poetry Weekender' will culminate with the headline event 'The Poetry of Margaret Atwood', at the 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.
Commenting on 'Dearly', Kate Kellaway, The Observer, stated in November 2020:
“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.”