News and Events
Poem of the Month
Photo Gallery
Poetry Archives
A Poets Manual

BAFFLE Poetry Festival Programme 2013

Festival Theme: ‘Spreading the News’

Click here to download pdf version:

-- 2013 brochure [PDF file]

October 25th to 27th

Since its inception in 1997 the BAFFLE Festival has fed on the rich history and lore of the local area. The focus of the theme was on particular episodes and characters attached, (sometimes tenuously), to Loughrea. Over the years we've chosen themes connected with Oscar Wilde, Lola Montes, Charles Maturin, the Furey family, John Huston, Ju Be Fu, O’Hara Burke & Mike Farrell. This year we have chosen the title of one of Lady Gregory's plays as our theme: 'Spreading the News'. It gives people the opportunity to write and be creative about any range of aspirations, incidents or experiences and we are looking forward immensely to hearing what they come up with!

This year's festival features Michael Harding, Geraldine Mills, Elaine Feeney, Joanna Hyde and Declan O' Brien.


Friday 25th October

Wine and Cheese Reception. Reading with Michael Harding
- Loughrea Library : 8pm
- Admission : €10. Booking 087 6672292

Saturday 26th October

Writing Workshop with Geraldine Mills
- 'Silencing the Critic Within', including information on how to get published.
- Loughrea Hotel and Spa : 11.00am – 1.30pm
- Fee : €10. Numbers limited. Booking essential. 086 0623497.
- In association with Loughrea Creative Writing Group

Registration for poetry competition
- O'Dea's Hotel : 7.30pm – 8.30pm
- Registration Fee : €5

Heats of the BAFFLE Poetry Competition
- Harney's Pub, Barrack St., and The Dust Inn, Main St. (upstairs) : 9pm

Sunday 27th October

Literary Brunch
Delicious food, literary quiz and reading from poet Elaine Feeney.
- The Hungry Bookworm, Abbey Street : 12 noon – 2.30pm
- Admission : €12
- Sponsored by Poetry Ireland
- Booking : 087 902 0523

Grand Finale of the BAFFLE Bard 2013 Competition
With MC Declan O’Brien, and music from Joanna Hyde.
- Loughrea Hotel and Spa : 8pm
- Admission : €10

Presentation of prizes, including the ‘BAFFLE Turnip’ to the BAFFLE Bard 2013
sponsored by Martin Fahy Menswear, and The People's Choice Award, sponsored by Sean Cleary and Son Engineering



Contact BAFFLE Poetry Group Contact Us
BAFFLE Poetry Group membership Membership Form
BAFFLE Homepage