John Shinnors launches Limerick’s Cuisle festival

All smiles: John Shinnors (right) launches the Cuisle International Poetry festival in Jerry Flannery's Bar with guest poets Jo Slade and Marco Viscomi. Picture: Alan Place
ONE of Ireland’s foremost annual poetry festivals, Cuisle, was launched last night in Limerick by painter John Shinnors.

ONE of Ireland’s foremost annual poetry festivals, Cuisle, was launched last night in Limerick by painter John Shinnors.

The Cuisle International Poetry Festival runs until Saturday and features a host of leading Irish and international poets performing their work in a varied programme of events.

Poet and novelist Anthony Cronin joins other established poets taking part in the festival, which features lunchtime and evening readings, screenings of poetry films, an open mic session, a tribute to departed poets, a varied programme for schools, and the ‘Young Poet of the Year Award’.

The poetry anthology ‘The Stony Thursday Book’ will also be launched during Cuisle, edited this year by Kerry-based Aosdána member Paddy Bushe.

“Reading through the submissions for The Stony Thursday Book, with poems of all sorts coming locally and from all over the world, has made me realise how broad and how deep can be the influence of the Cuisle Festival in general, and of Stony Thursday in particular,” said Mr Bushe.

“Poetry may be a minority interest, but it is a vital and enduring one. Cuisle, and Limerick, have something to be proud of,” he added.

Cuisle, which is funded by Limerick City Council Arts Office and The Arts Council, will take place the Hunt Museum and 69 O’Connell Street - formerly the Belltable.

This year the festival’s network of poetic exchanges, which already includes Slovenia and the UK, has been extended to Italy with the arrival of Marco Viscomi, nominated by Cuisle’s sister-festival in Umbria.

“The Cuisle Limerick City International Poetry Festival is dedicated to poetry in all its forms and varieties, featuring the best of local, national, and international poets,” explained Sheila Deegan, Limerick city arts officer.

For more details see the programme online at Cuisle’s website.