Pictures from the Fermoy International Poetry Festival 2014 Poetry Bus. Yesterday, I spent the day in Fermoy on a poetry bus, a bus full of people who are interested in or write poetry.
The bus brought us to a number of places outside Fermoy including a ruined priory and Doneraile Gardens. A lovely part of the priory was when poets had the opportunity to read one of their pieces in the setting. The bus finished in a bar in Castletownroche where we listened to two poets read some of their work.
For me, one of the most interesting things about the day was the number of international poets who read. It was interesting to hear the different styles, particularly the Americans, who are very free with their form but the rhythm is very evident and great to listen to. I was also interested in the number of Americans who really perform their poetry either through small actions or tone of voice.
It was also good to meet up with Gene and Margo Barry, our hosts for the festival. I was sorry not to be able to stay for longer but it sounds like the festival is going to get bigger and bigger every year.