Saturday, 16 April 2011

Poetry Slam in Drogheda


Drogheda announces a poetry slam with a difference.

When: 7pm on Saturday 30th April
Where: McHugh’s Pub, Chord Road, Drogheda

Part of the Fringe of the Drogheda Arts Festival.

To overcome the difficulty of assessing the two fairly against one another, this slam will have two competitions – one for Page Poets, defined as those writing to be read and themselves reading from the page to compete, and Performance Poets, who write to be heard and will present their work from memory without script.

Poets will compete for a first prize in each category of €100.

Those wishing to compete should sign on online at, where full rules can be found, or come to the venue at 6.30pm to sign in for a start time of 7pm and bring at least two poems. Key rules are that poets may enter only one category, poems must be their own work, maximum length of presentations is three minutes, in any style, and that no costume, props or music are allowed.

MC for the evening is Roger Hudson, well-known Drogheda poet and author, whose collection ‘Greybell Wood and Beyond’ was published by Lapwing Publications last September. The Slam is sponsored by Coca-Cola International Services and presented by Drogheda Creative Writers. Last year’s winners were Drogheda poets John ‘Dixie’ Nugent and Patrick Dillon. Strong talents are expected this year from other parts of Ireland promising an even fiercer battle.

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