Open Mic and Poetry Competition

The Creel, Westport Quay, Thursday 25th, 8pm

   A stalwart of the festival, this Open Mic event draws poets and musicians from all over to perform their work at The Creel at Westport Quay. This year’s event will feature special guests Ingrid Casey and Paddy Moran.

The highlight of the evening is the announcement of the winners of the annual Westival International Poetry Competition, which attracts entries from all over the world. The first prize of €1,000 and the competition is judged (anonymously) by Ger Reidy, Geraldine Mitchell and John McAuliffe. Many previous winners have gone on to become well-established poets. The closing date for entries is September 21. To enter online go to www. or send postal entries to Westival Poetry Competition, Westport Town Hall, Octagon, Westport, Co Mayo.