Literary figures to gather for Cuisle in Limerick

Anthony Cronin - poet - who is coming to Cuisle, which will be launched on Wednesday and will run from October 24-26
One of the pre-eminent figures of Irish literature will participate in this year’s Cuisle poetry festival in Limerick.

One of the pre-eminent figures of Irish literature will participate in this year’s Cuisle poetry festival in Limerick.

Poet, novelist, biographer and arts activist, Anthony Cronin will join other established Irish and international poets at next week’s festival.

Cuisle, which has run for the past 19 years, will feature 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.

Lunchtimes readings in the Hunt Museum will feature Ron Carey and Kerrie O’Brien, while evening performances at 69 O’Connell Street will include Anthony Cronin, Biddy Jenkinson, Macdara Woods, Hugh Maxton, David Wheatley, Adam Wyeth, and Limerick’s own Jo Slade.

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.

In addition, the yearly poetry anthology The Stony Thursday Book, edited this year by Paddy Bushe, will be launched at the festival.

Cuisle, which will be launch on Wednesday, will run from October 24-26. Full information is available from www.cuisle.org, or the arts office on 061-407421.