Cuisle strengthens city’s links abroad through power of poetry

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

POETS of all degrees featured in the 16th Cuisle Limerick City International Poetry Festival, from British Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy to budding young poets who took part in the Young Poet of the Year Awards.

POETS of all degrees featured in the 16th Cuisle Limerick City International Poetry Festival, from British Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy to budding young poets who took part in the Young Poet of the Year Awards.

Limerick city arts officer Sheila Deegan, a Cuisle committee member, declared the four day poetry extravaganza a “tremendous success” in its aftermath.

“It was very successful, we had good crowds and the feedback was very positive,” explained Ms Deegan.

The official opening was followed by readings by six Slovenian poets - an indication of the growth of this Limerick based festival, which now has links abroad.

“We had a whole night of Slovenian poetry, including six young poets who are part of a new anthology and the Slovenian ambassador, Mrs Jasna Geršak, who opened the festival,” explained Ms Deegan.

“We have created partnerships in the last six years between Slovenia and Brighton, which have created opportunities for Limerick poets to go there and have their work read in public and published and translated. That has strengthened the festival,” explained Sheila.

In particular, the Slovenian Ambassador “was amazed” at the strong connection between Limerick and Slovenian poets.

“She was amazed at the connection that has been made between Cuisle and Slovenian poets - a relationship that stems from the Irish presidency of the EU when Limerick was chosen to greet Slovenia on its accession,” explained Ms Deegan.

Top international and national poets came to the city for the festival, while there was also a varied programme for schools and a Young Poet of the Year Award, which took place in St John’s Church last Saturday and featured dozens of young poets showcasing their work.