Coole Park Poetry Series 2020

A series of filmed poems recorded in Coole Park in 2020, free to view online.

In collaboration with the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation, this poetry series involves poets of different cultural backgrounds living in Ireland, reading both their own work and the work of poets associated with Coole Park, including Lady Gregory, WB Yeats and JM Synge.

An artistic conversation between the past and present, these readings were filmed in the grounds of Coole Park during performances of DruidGregory in 2020.

The poets filmed are Seán Hewitt, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, FeliSpeaks, Evgeny Shtorn and ATMOS Collective.

The series was originally presented in a free exhibition in The Mick Lally Theatre, Galway in December 2020. The films are now free to view online.

We returned to Coole Park in the spring of 2021 to produce a second edition of the Coole Park Poetry Series.

With thanks to our friends at the National Parks and Wildlife Service and Coole Park Nature Reserve.

Doireann Ní Ghríofa reads Lady Gregory's 'The Heart of the Wood'

Doireann Ní Ghríofa reads 'Brightening'

FeliSpeaks reads WB Yeats' 'When You Are Old'

FeliSpeaks reads 'What Heaney Said'

Seán Hewitt reads JM Synge's 'Queens'

Seán Hewitt reads 'Barn Owls in Suffolk'

Evgeny Shtorn reads WB Yeats' 'The New Faces'

Evgeny Shtorn reads 'From the Confinement'

Theo Ndlovu of ATMOS Collective reads WB Yeats' 'The Fisherman'

ATMOS Collective perform 'The Illegitimate'


  • Films by Matthew Thompson
  • Music by Gerry Horan