THE 17th annual Cuisle international poetry festival will be making a welcome return to the city this Wednesday, featuring four days of poetry across a number of locations in the city.
Running until this Saturday, the week will include evening performances in the Belltable Arts centre, readings over lunch at the Hunt Museum, screenings of films, book launches, a varied programme for schools, the annual poetry slam competition, and the young poet of the year award.
Those participating this year include Terry McDonagh, Fred Johnston, John Pinschmidt, Máire Áine Nic Gearailt, John F. Deane, Moya Cannon, Peter Sirr, Medbh Mc Guckian, Fiona Clark Echlin, and Paddy Bush.
John MacKenna will be launching his new book ‘Where Sadness Begins’ and editor Jo Slade will introduce contributors to the 2012 edition of The Stony Thursday Book.
One of the attractions of Cuisle is that it features poets from around the world, and this year Anja Golob and Radharani Pernarčičare travelling from Slovenia for featured readings, while Veronika Dintinjana and Istok Osojnik will entertain in the school programme.
There will also be a tribute to W.B. Yeats; a compilation of South American poetry entitled ‘Hallucinated Horse’; and Room, a film scripted by Mark Whelan and produced by Bruce Basheer.
The lunch-time readings take place in the Captain’s Room at the Hunt Museum, which will continue in informal sessions over lunch in the museum café. The price is €3 and includes lunch afterwards. Evening readings in the Belltable are priced at €5,
The Cuisle Limerick City International Poetry Festival is funded by The Arts Council and Limerick City Council.
For full listings see http://www.limerick.ie/cuisle/