Head west for little poetry fest

POETS and those who revel in rhyme will flock to Baile an Fheirteáraigh this weekend for the sixth annual Féile Bheag Filíochta, which promises a packed programme of lectures, readings, workshops, music and, of course, plenty of poetry.

According to one of the main organisers, potter and poet Louis Mulcahy, the féile was founded with a view to "brightening things up during the winter months", something which it has managed to achieve in spades since its inaugural outing.

While the Féile is primarily conducted through Irish, Louis is keen to stress that readings in several languages will take place and all are welcome.

"We even once had a reading in Russian," said Louis whose new poetry collection 'Dhá Chlog an Bualadh' will be launched by Paddy Bushe on Friday night.

Other festival events include a workshop for young people aged 1725, and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill will delivering a lecture based on her research on the ancient churches of Turkey. Gabriel Fitzmaurice will host an Oíche Bothántaíocht on Friday night in Tigh an Tobair where he will be joined by Máire Begley and her Tinteán Cheoil, on Saturday night there will be a series of short poetry readings in Tigh an Tobair from Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Bríd Ní Mhoráin, Gabriel Fitzmaurice and Paddy Bushe, followed by an open-mic session.

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