Poets flock to Limerick for 16th Cuisle International Poetry Festival

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

LIMERICK is famed for its poetry and international, national and local poets alike will combine for the 16th Cuisle Limerick City International Poetry Festival taking place in the city this week.

LIMERICK is famed for its poetry and international, national and local poets alike will combine for the 16th Cuisle Limerick City International Poetry Festival taking place in the city this week.

Now well established and boasting links with Brighton and Slovenia, Cuisle boasts an impressive line-up of well known poets and begins this Wednesday, running until Saturday in various venues, from the White House to the Belltable.

This year’s festival includes performances by British Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Valerie Laws, poet in residence at London’ Pathology Museum; the hugely popular Irish poet Paul Durcan; Catalan poet Joan Margarit; a night of Slovenian poetry with Iztok Osojnik and others; Dubliner Paula Meehan and Mary O’Malley from Galway; and Limerick poet Mark Whelan reading from his new book Brighton Suite, among many more.

Whelan was a founding member of Cuisle and along with Ciaran O’Driscoll is still involved in the festival’s organisation, a fact fellow committee member Sheila Deegan, Limerick city arts officer, points to as a reason for the festival’s success.

“The good thing about it is that it was founded by poets, that is a testament to how a festival survives, because the intention was to recognise the value of the artist,” she explained.

“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 strengthened the festival.”

The ‘Stony Thursday’ book of poetry will be launched in the Belltable on Thursday, while the ever popular ‘Poetry Slam’ will pit poets against each other in the White House on Saturday night. See www.limerick.ie/cuisle for more.