#DroicheadConnects Celebrating National Poetry Day

  • 30th Jun
  • 10:00
  • Online
For more information on this event please contact 041 98 33946

Celebrate National Poetry Day with a special video piece featuring Irish and international poets, curated by Dani Gill, our Literature Audience Development Officer,  and videographer Laura Sheeran. Featuring poems of solidarity, touch, love and hope, this digital offering allows you to take a moment and enjoy the voices of contemporary poets of our time

Live  now, CLICK HERE to subscribe to the channel, and listen to all poets reading one of their own poems, and a favourite by another poet. 

Our programme is available for free, Droichead continues to support and pay our artists, and if you would like to make a donation towards future programming you can do so from as little as €2 by CLICKING HERE (Only if you can afford to).



Dani Gill,  a writer and curator based in the west of Ireland. From 2010-2016 she was the Director of Cúirt International Festival of Literature, and since 2018 she has been the national Audience Development Officer for Words Ireland. In 2017 Salmon Press published her debut collection After Love. She is working on a novel and a second collection of poetry.

Elaine Feeney has published three collections of poetry, Where’s Katie? (2010), The Radio Was Gospel (2014) and Rise (2017). She was commissioned in 2016 to write a national screen and stage piece, WRoNGHEADED by the Liz Roche Company, which has toured internationally since its first run at Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival. She was Poetry Ireland’s Poetry Ambassador in 2018. Her debut novel As You Were will be published in August 2020 by Harvill Secker/ VINTAGE.

Elaine Cosgrove is an Irish poet, born in Sligo and now living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her poems have been published in The Stinging Fly, The Penny Dreadful, The Bohemyth and by New Binary Press among others. Her work was selected for the anthology Best New British & Irish Poets (Eyewear Publishing, 2017). She has an M.Phil. in Creative Writing from Trinity College and her debut collection of poems Transmissions, was published by Dedalus Press in 2017.

Annemarie Ní Churreáin is a poet from North West Donegal. Her work has been published in Poetry Ireland Review, The SHOp, The London Magazine, Agenda Poetry Journal and The Stinging Fly. In 2016, Annemarie was the recipient of a Next Generation Artists Award from the Arts Council of Ireland. Her debut collection Bloodroot was published by Doire Press in 2017.

Hollie McNish is one of the UK’s most popular spoken word poets. Her poetry videos have attracted millions of views worldwide and she has toured extensively. She has published three collections of poetry: Papers, Cherry Pie, and Plum. She is also the author of No-body Told Me, a poetic memoir on motherhood, for which she won the Ted Hughes award.  

Naomi Shihab Nye was born in St. Louis, Missouri and lives in San Antonio, Texas. Her father was a Palestinian refugee and her mother an American of German and Swiss descent. Nye spent her adolescence in both Jerusalem and San Antonio, Texas. She is the recipient of numerous honours and awards for her work, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Book Critics Circle, the Lavan Award, and many Pushcart Prizes. She has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the Guggenheim Foundation. From 2010 to 2015 she served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and is the Poetry Foundation's Young People's Poet Laureate. She has published seventeen collections of poetry and three novels.