In March 2020, shortly after the first Covid-19 lockdown was announced for Ireland, the Whale Theatre teamed up with Greystones-based poet and curator Frances Browner to create a “Poets Wall” which featured over 30 poems from people of all ages inspired by the locality, its history and its stories and saw these poems being displayed all over the town.

Now, one year and three lockdowns later, the Whale and Frances are back together and planning a “Greystones Poetry Trail” another celebration of creativity for national Poetry Day Ireland, which takes place on Thursday 29 April. The Poetry Trail will see poetry once again flood the streets of Greystones, as poems begin to appear in shop windows, on digital displays and who knows where else!

Poetry Day Ireland’s theme for this year is “New Directions: Maps and Journeys” and curator Frances Browner is asking people of all ages, experience, and backgrounds to submit a poem for this very special project. You can send your sonnet, rhyme, limerick, pantoum, or any poem at all to frannerb2@gmail.com.

The deadline for entries is Thursday 22nd April 2021, and don’t forget, your poem should be based on the theme of “New Directions: Maps and Journeys”. Poems should be no more than 16 lines.

Frances is also looking for shops and premises in Greystones who would be interested in displaying a poem in their shopfront window, so if you are a shop owner please get in touch!

“Greystones Poetry Trail” is curated by Frances Browner and is proudly supported by The Whale Theatre and Greystones 2020. For more information, please visit www.whaletheatre.ie.

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