What is a Poetry Slam?

The concept of Poetry Slam originated in Chicago in 1984 to move poetry recitals from academia to a more popular audience. Open microphone venues offered the opportunity for contestants who are randomly selected to recite original works with an introduction allowed. The Poetry Slam Kanturk style allows the recital of a favorite poem with a brief introduction as to why it is selected or the recital of an original work and its background. Previous


  One of the most popular events of Kanturk Arts Festival since it was introduced four years ago is the Night of Drama which takes place in the atmospheric setting of the historic courthouse. One of the main aims of the festival is to encourage local talent. So this year the festival is inviting submissions from playwrights in Duhallow and North Cork for a ten minute play which will be performed as a staged

Short Fiction Workshop with Novelist, Denyse Woods

On Monday, March 19th 2018, as part of Kanturk Arts Festival, novelist Denyse Woods will deliver a workshop on Short Fiction from 2-5pm. Denyse, who has also written as Denyse Devlin, is a Cork-based novelist and the author of six novels. Her novels include the critically-acclaimed Overnight to Innsbruck and bestseller The Catalpa Tree. She recently completed her term as Writer in Residence for Cork County Council Library & Arts Service 2017,  and