Cheltenham has a long history of showcasing Ireland’s poetry greats including Seamus Heaney, Paul Muldoon, PJ Kavanagh, Edna O’Brien, Michael Longley and Sinéad Morrissey. It’s time to introduce the next generation. We invite some of the brightest new voices in contemporary Irish poetry Seán Hewitt (Tongues of Fire), Aoife Lyall (Mother, Nature) and Nidhi Zak (Auguries of a Minor God) to read from their acclaimed collections.

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Mother, Nature Tongues of Fire Auguries of a Minor God


Cheltenham Town Hall, Pillar Room

The Town Hall, situated on Imperial Gardens in the centre of Cheltenham comprises of a Grand Main Hall, distinguished by its Corinthian styles columns and coved ceiling. The Main Hall is accompanied by dining and drawing rooms, as well as the Pillar Room bar.

The venue’s early 20th century Edwardian elegance makes it the classic ‘shoebox’ concert hall. With a seating capacity of 900, the Town Hall is perfectly suited to grand symphony orchestra performances with a thrilling impact.


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