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The Power of Words Festival is almost upon us!

The team of volunteers are getting set for another wonderful weekend celebrating WORDS – written, spoken, acted and sung, in Abbeyleix, Co. Laois, on the weekend of the 19th – 21st August 2021.

To celebrate the sunshine and in anticipation of another successful festival, the organisers are giving away a WEEKEND PASS* pass to one lucky winner.

To be in with a chance to win, simply answer the following question:

Where is The Power of Words Festival being held? 

Text ‘WIN’ followed by your name and answer to 087 942 3741 and the winner will be picked and announced on Monday 15th August

(*excludes The Hedge School, Terms and conditions apply)


About the festival:

The fourth year of the festival, it is set to be as beautiful, relaxed and accessible, as ever. A full programme will be released shortly, filled with writing workshops, author interviews, readings, book launches, poetry, music, theatre, a creative embodiment workshop, children and teenage events, heritage walks and talks, video presentations and plenty of Open Mic opportunities for people wishing to come along and share their words. ‘The Bookmark’ Portlaoise will also run a ‘pop-up’ bookstore over the weekend which will stock the books of all of the writers on the 2022 programme.

Visiting writers this year include, Danielle McLaughlin, Dave Lordan, Andrea Carter, John MacKenna, Martina Murphy, Arthur Broomfield, Angela Keogh, Johnny Renko, Frances Harney and many more.

‘The Living Poets Society’ is another unique feature of the festival. A chosen ‘Living Poet’ will have their work honoured and celebrated throughout the weekend, and receive ‘The Living Poets Society Award’. The chosen poet for the inaugural year was Pat Ingoldsby and Rita Ann Higgins received the 2021 Award. The ‘Living Poet’ for this year’s festival will be unveiled shortly.

Nobody loves stories more than children and they will once again, feature strongly in the 2022 festival. The festival will also include readings by, and to, children from the town’s newest communities.

The weather has always been kind to the festival and the team is hoping to be as lucky again this year, given that the festival will continue to use outdoor as well as indoor venues for events.

‘We look forward to welcoming everyone once again to Abbeyleix on the weekend of August 19th – 21st, where a guaranteed warm welcome will be offered. There’s something for everyone here and the promise of a truly enjoyable and engaging weekend awaits, with lots of chats and laughter along the way. What more could you want?’ says Festival founder, Amanda Kelly.

For further information, please visit: or Facebook ‘The Power of Words Festival’. Make sure to follow the festival on Instagram too! E-mail [email protected]

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