Poetry Day IrelandPoetry Day Ireland takes place on Thursday 29 April 2021 and the theme is ‘New Directions: Maps and Journeys’. Whether you share a poem, read a poem, or programme your own online event, everyone is invited to join in and celebrate.

Now in its seventh year, this day-long annual celebration of the crafted word, spoken and written, is presented by Poetry Ireland in partnership with poetry lovers the length and breadth of the country.

In line with current restrictions, everyone is encouraged to take part in this year’s celebrations online from the safety of their own home.

Poetry is for everyone and there are lots of events taking place online to choose from. Mark the day in your own way in your own social bubble, or just take 5 minutes to sit and enjoy a poem by yourself.

Niamh O’Donnell, Director of Poetry Ireland, said that the past year has shown us just how undeniably powerful poetry is and how it can sustain us through difficult times.

“This year, Poetry Day Ireland takes place again as a virtual festival, and we’re delighted it gives everyone, no matter where they are, the opportunity to participate and engage with others,” she said. “Poetry Day offers an opportunity whether online or not, to take a moment to enjoy, appreciate and celebrate poetry. Our theme this year of ‘New Directions: Maps and Journeys’ is a hopeful one as we can review the paths we’ve taken and we can finally look forward to being able to plan travelling further afield again, in reality or in our imaginations.”

This year’s theme ‘New Directions: Maps and Journeys’ is both literal and metaphorical. We use maps to orientate ourselves in the world, to show us where we’ve come from and which new direction we’re heading in. We also think about what it means to go off map or to take the road less travelled. There is no limit to where our imaginations can take us.

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