Celebrating Poetry: Why Anthologies Matter!

Celebrating Poetry: 10 years of Poetry Aloud with poetry readings

Wednesday 20 September at 6.30pm

Talk: Why Anthologies Matter!

Speaker: Professor Margaret Kelleher, Chair of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama, UCD

From Soundings (first published 1969) to Windharp (2016), poetry anthologies have guided readers to discover new poets or rediscover old favourites. In her talk, Professor Kelleher will consider the fascinating history and continuing popularity of anthologies, and their role in ensuring that poetry still matters. 

Introduction to the evening  by Niall MacMonagle who started Poetry Aloud as an in- house school competition in 1993.

Delighted to welcome back our former winners of the Poetry Aloud speaking competition who will  read poems at this event and recount their experiences of taking part in the competition: 

 Nathan Quinn O’Rawe, Overall Winner of Poetry Aloud 2016, De La Salle College, Belfast
Grace Halton, Senior winner, 2016
Nuala Whittle, Intermediate winner 2015 St Kevin's College, Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow.
Sam Mc Govern, Actor and Overall winner in 2008.

This event is part of our autumn celebration of poetry at the NLI.

Poets from WB Yeats to Seamus Heaney have used the National Library’s reading rooms, and the literary papers of many poets are part of the library’s manuscripts collections. Our printed collection includes the work of well-known and lesser known poets.
The creativity and legacy of WB Yeats is celebrated in the popular exhibition: Yeats: the life and work of William Butler Yeats. 

Poetry Aloud is an All-Ireland poetry speaking competition for post-primary schools organised by the NLI and Poetry Ireland. The idea originated in Wesley College, Dublin with English teacher Niall MacMonagle. The first national poetry speaking competition was held in 2006 and coincided with the opening of the Yeats exhibition. The National Library and Poetry Ireland jointly organised Yeats Aloud in 2006.

In 2007, the competition became Poetry Aloud and has been running since as an all-Ireland poetry speaking competition for post primary schools on the island of Ireland.  The NLI and Poetry Ireland have worked in collaboration on Poetry Aloud for the past 10 years. 

All welcome! Booking not required.

NLI Reference: CLON55
NLI Reference: CLON55
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