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Thursday 19 July 2018

Enniscorthy is well versed for Poetry Day

Sheila Forsey, Marie Clifford, Jarlath Glynn (librarian), Betty Thomas and John Kelly at the Poetry Day Ireland reading in Enniscorthy Library
Sheila Forsey, Marie Clifford, Jarlath Glynn (librarian), Betty Thomas and John Kelly at the Poetry Day Ireland reading in Enniscorthy Library

Enniscorthy was well represented for National Poetry Day as some of the finest local poets from the area gathered to read a selection of their work and some of their personal favourites. The line-up included Literary Festival Poetry Prize winner Maria Clifford, Oliver Goldsmith International Award winner John Kelly, Irish Times best-selling author Sheila Forsey and Betty Thompson whose work has featured in a number of periodicals and on the websites of the likes of the Irish Film Institute.

The poems on the evening covered a wide range of topics and it was a first for Sheila who read her poetry in public for the very first time, garnering much praise in the process.

Librarian Jarlath Glynn thanked all of the poets who took part and noted that it was wonderful to see such fine local literary talent flourish. It was a great literary evening for the town with The Wexford Literary Festival also launching the same night. He also added that there would be another poetry event taking place in the library on Friday, June 22, when Eamonn Wall will launch a new collection of poetry by the legendary Paddy Kehoe. He encouraged anyone with an interest in literature to come along.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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