Sunday 20 October 2019

A unique poetic experience as Gorey marks Poetry Day Ireland

Participants in the Poetry Day event at Gorey Civic Square
Participants in the Poetry Day event at Gorey Civic Square

Writers in Gorey came together to celebrate Poetry Day Ireland by embracing the theme of 'truth or dare', and bringing poetry to life for all to enjoy on the streets of Gorey.

'We wanted to bring poetry towards people this year. As maybe they haven't engaged since school and this was an opportunity to make it fun,' said organiser Emer of Gorey Writers' Group.

Beginning at the mural at the Civic Square, with poetry recitals in both the English and Irish language, from well known poets like William Shakespeare and WB Yeats, some members even brought along their own poems to showcase on the evening.

Truth or dare cards were given out as well as copies of The Lake Isle of Innisfree by WB Yeats.

From there, the group of 20 to 30 budding poets and writers went to the town park, the heritage orchard, Gorey Little Theatre, Pettits Super Valu and finally to relax in the Loch Garman Arms.

At each stage, the group tried their hand at choral speaking and rehearsed a choral reading of the famous poem The Lake Isle of Innisfree by WB Yeats, much to the delight of the onlookers.

'We've done poetry walks together as a group before, but the group came up with the places to go this time,' said Emer.

Writers were encouraged to bring their own collections of poetry and celebrate the variety in creative writing that poets can offer.

Some even brought lanterns to create a special atmosphere for the event.

Enniscorthy Guardian