LAST weekend saw the first of a series of monthly poetry readings and workshops at the Blackwater Castle in Castletownroche.
The events are organised by Elbow Lane Poetry in Fermoy following the enormous success of the innaugural Fermoy International Poetry Festival last August.
Entitled ' The King at the Castle', the event is already attracting overseas enquiries.
Last weekend the Tralee poet Noel King took up residence at Blackwater Castle. King's collection 'Prophesying the Past', published by Salmon three years ago, has received tremendous reviews.
Over the weekend the Kerry poet held poetry workshops and read to his audience. The inspirational workshops were attended by South African poet Christopher Azzie and Meath poet Polly Munnelly, who traveled from Navan.
Noel, whose forthcoming collection which will be launched in Tralee on Monday, March 18, treated his pupils to a preview of a number of poems from the book.
In March, poet in residence at UCC Matthew Sweeney will be crowned King of the Castle and will hold workshops and read from his new collection, which will be launched at the Cork Spring Literary Festival next month.