The Amergin Solstice Poetry Gathering Éigse na Greine - Celebrating contemporary Irish Poetry where Irish Poetry first came ashore
Beatha agus sláinte! We are delighted to confirm that the Amergin Solstice Poetry Gathering, which had to be cancelled for both June 2020 and June 2021, is now rescheduled for the end of October 2021, and rechristened Éigse na Samhna: the Amergin Samhain Poetry Gathering. It will run from the afternoon of Thursday 28th October to the night of Sunday 31st October, when, weather permitting, we’ll finish off with a Halloween bonfire and open mic. We’ll have less daylight and sunshine than before, but we will have the same exhilarating mix of readings, workshops, open mic, talks and music as before, and we will have largely the same programme as was planned initially for June 2020. With a broad but not prescriptive theme of Migration and Identity, we will have readings from the following poets: Gillian Clarke, Pat Boran, Eva Bourke, Paul Casey, Polina Cosgrave, Paddy Bushe, Jackie Gorman, Keith Payne, Seán Sugrue, John McAuliffe, Aifric Mac Aodha, Mary O’Donnell, Mark Roper, Garbriel Rosenstock, John W. Sexton, Peter Sirr, Gerard Smyth, Enda Wyley, Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe, Mary Noonan, Martín Veiga as well as one or two yet to be confirmed. We are lucky to have two resident musicians: singer/ harpist Marina Cassidy and singer/accordionist Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich. Continuing the link with Galicia which Amergin began many centuries ago, the extraordinary Su Garrido Pombo will join us for a night celebrating Galician and Irish poetry. We are proud that we have commissioned a musical setting of Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill’s suite of poems Imram, by the composer Neil Ó Loclainn which will be performed during the festival. Talks by James Harpur and Paddy Bushe will complement the theme, and June Shannon will speak at the Anthony Clare Memorial Session, which will also feature readings highlighting mental health issues.
Details of workshops in poetry, translating poetry and calligraphy – for all of which you can now register – can be found on the site. For a €60 enrolment fee, workshop participants will be entitled buy a festival ticket for all events at half-price.