Celebrate Poetry Day Ireland at our Reading Rooms

It's Poetry Day Ireland on Thursday, May 7th, and we want everyone to help us celebrate this special day at our Reading Rooms this week.

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The Verbal Arts Centre is delighted to be working in partnership with Poetry Ireland to present the special event in venues across the country, the mission being to make poetry both "inescapable and irresistible".

Andrea Doran, Director of Programming and Learning at the Verbal Arts Centre, said it was very excited to be working alongside Poetry Ireland through its Reading Rooms.

She said: "We are very pleased to be taking a lead role in Northern Ireland in promoting Poetry Day Ireland on Thursday, May 7th, when all our Reading Rooms across the region will be sharing and enjoying poems chosen for us by Poetry Ireland.

"We currently have more than forty Reading Rooms taking place across Northern Ireland on a weekly basis, engaging with a wide range of groups, and we are eagerly looking forward to dedicating Thursday to a wonderful selection of poetry."

The Reading Rooms programme encourages participants to share personal experiences from their past, sparking memories, stimulating new thoughts and provoking conversation related to short stories and poems used by a trained facilitator.

Reading Rooms take place in settings across Derry~Londonderry, Strabane, Limavady, Portstewart, Whiteabbey, Cookstown and Belfast. Groups availing of the programme include schools, youth groups, training centres, culture and arts organisations, residential care homes, day care centres and prisons.

The Verbal Arts Centre has also developed a partnership with the Alzheimer's Society to deliver Reading Rooms in Dementia Cafes in Derry, Limavady and Strabane.

Reading Rooms have also been held in some more unusual spaces such as galleries and disused shops as well as those which take place weekly in Easons stores in Belfast and Derry for all age groups including the Little Legends club for younger children in Foyleside.

The Reading Room at Easons, Foyleside on Thursday, May 7th at 7pm-8pm, will be reading 'I am!' by John Clare. Easons Belfast will also be dedicating its Reading Room on Wednesday, May 6th, from 11am-12 noon to the poetry event, reading 'Keys to the Doors' by R Robertson. Everyone is welcome to drop-in to these open, free sessions.

If you would like more information on the Reading Rooms please contact: Sinead Devine - Derry~Londonderry and the north west - Tel: 028 71 266 946 or Email: readingrooms@theverbal.co; or Maeve O’Lynn - Belfast and the north east - Tel: 028 71 266 946 or Email: readingrooms.belfast@theverbal.co

For more information about how you can get involved in Poetry Day Ireland, visit www.poetryireland.ie/poetry-day/about


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