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Thursday 18 September 2014

Poetry in motion

Published 16/08/2014 | 00:00

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THE third annual Fermoy International Poetry Festival which was held over the August bank holiday weekend surpassed all expectations.

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THE third annual Fermoy International Poetry Festival which was held over the August bank holiday weekend surpassed all expectations.

Poets from Argentina, South Africa, Canada, The US, Holland, Italy, England and from all over Ireland read at numerous venues in both Fermoy and Castletownroche.

This year Dutch poets Tsead Bruinja and Argentinian poet Janet Dickinson read for patients at Fermoy Hospital and for the first time poetry workshops were held at the Avondhu Bar, and readings took place at Crean's Bar, The Long Bar and Clancy's Bar. As part of the festival poems from both the student anthology, 'Inclusion', and the festival competition anthology, 'The Blue Max', review were printed on A1 size corrugated board and placed in the windows of shops and businesses through the town.

The Poetry Trail readings were also held in these shops, plus barbers, hairdressers, opticians, banks, restaurants, pharmacies, supermarkets etc and visiting poets and students combined and read at these premises.

Lombard's Bar was the official meeting place and Cllr Noel McCarthy officially opened the festival there on the Thursday evening. Visiting and local poets read there to a packed house on the Friday and Sunday evenings.

On Sunday the Festival Poetry Bus took 53 poets to Bridgetown Priory where they shared their poems and it was then off to Donneraile Park where they were treated to a guided tour.

It was then off the Blackwater castle in Castletownroche where once again the poets shared their poetry.

The trip was rounded off with a live broadcast from US poet and actress Gina Nemo and Dublin poet Brendan McCormac from the Rockforest Bar.

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