Sligo Library were delighted to be a part of Poetry Day Ireland while #stayinghome and #stayingsafe. We featured a number of writers, performers and poetry lovers on our Facebook page throughout the day, reading a favourite piece of poetry.

Guests include, Louise Kennedy, Alice Lyons, Fionn and Oisín McNasser, John Carty and Una Mannion. We had some beautiful words by poets such as, Dermot Healy, Roger McGough, Langston Hughes, Sinéas Morrissey, Ciaran Carson and Una Mannion.

The spread of coronavirus is a new and challenging event. Some people might find it more worrying than others. You may notice, amongst others, some of the following:

  • increased anxiety
  • feeling stressed
  • feeling insecure or unsettled

We hope these little poetry snippets go some way to helping you during these times.

First up, we our own former Sligo Library colleague and award winning writer, Louise Kennedy. Louise will be reading ‘Belfast Confetti’ by Ciaran Carson,
Our second guest is Writer and Lecturer, Alice Lyons. Alice will be reading ‘In Need of a Funeral’, by Sinéad Morrissey.

Our third guests are Fionn and Oisín McNasser. Oisín will be reading Mrs Moon by Roger McGough while Fionn will be reading Dreams by Langston Hughes.

Our next special guest is Sligo and Blue Raincoat based actor, John Carty. John will be reading ‘Crouched Burial’ by Una Mannion.

Our fifth and final guest is writer, Una Mannion. Chair of the Bachelor of Arts in Writing & Literature at IT Sligo, and recent winner of the Hennessy New Irish Writing Prize for poetry. She will be reading from Dermot Healy’s ‘A Fools Errand’.