Media Launch Thursday 7th March 11 am
Venue: Poetry Ireland 11 Parnell Square East, Dublin 1
10.50 am Photo opportunity with participants and artists in their St. Patrick’s Day parade attire with props, including Joanna Donnelly, meteorologist and author of The Great Irish Weather Book, illustrator Fushcia McAree, and actor and poet PJ Brady who will perform a short piece on Patrick Kavanagh and the bicycle at the launch.
11.00-11.30am Announcement of the winners of the Joyce-Cycle PoetryCompetition in collaboration with Poetry Ireland
The joint first winners in the adult category are poets Catherine Ann Cullen for ‘Memory of My Rothar’ and Iggy McGovern for ‘A Cyclist’s Prayer’.
Under 16 winners are Roman Ó Déaghaidh ‘A Short Cycle’ and Aoife Kelly for ‘My Yellow Fellow’
The Judges were Maureen Kennelly Director of Poetry Ireland, Sinead Connolly, Dublin City Council Arts Officer and Donna Cooney, Artistic Director of Joyce-Cycle for Dublin Cycling Campaign. There were seventy entries in the Joyce-Cycle Poetry Competition, which was launched on Valentine’s Day. Poets were encouraged to submit poems on the theme of ‘Love your Bike’.
“We are delighted to partner with the Dublin Cycling Campaign for this project. We know that the postcards of the winning poems will be a real treat for anyone lucky enough to encounter them during the St. Patrick’s Day parade.” Maureen Kennelly, Director of Poetry Ireland
The winning poems will be published online and printed on postcards and book marks, which will be given out to public viewers during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2019.
The title of the Dublin Cycling Campaign’s pageant in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2019 is Joyce-Cycle. It will include over one hundred participants of all ages, from babies to those in their late 80’s. The theme will bring to life the wonderful writings of some of our best-loved Irish writers with connections to the bicycle, including James Joyce, Flann O’Brien, Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett and Dervla Murphy. Participants have taken part in workshops to create wearable books, incorporating original book covers for their favourite books. Some well-known Irish writers and personalities will also join in, astride and merged with their beloved bicycles!. Participants have taken part in workshops to create wearable books, incorporating original book covers for their favourite books. Some well-known Irish writers and personalities will also join in, astride and merged with their beloved bicycles!