The Strokestown International Poetry Festival is now in its fifteenth year. It takes place annually on the first weekend of May, in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon, and provides a world-renowned forum for excellence in English, Irish and Scots Gaelic poetry.
The festival consists of readings from poets across the spectrum, well-known and new voices – approximately twenty-four readings over three days. And for these, without fail, it commands large audiences.
Visitors to the festival are treated to a thrilling immersion in contemporary poetry in a part of Ireland where the scenery, the friendliness, and the historic splendour of Strokestown Park House, where most of the events take place, conspire to provide an unforgettable cultural experience.
The Strokestown Poetry Competitions, the award ceremonies for which are a central part of the festival every year, are now accepting entries for 2014. Our esteemed judges for 2014 will be announced soon.