Poetry in Bloom at Powerscourt Estate

Poetry in Bloom – Nature Poetry Initiative

“Poetry in Bloom”, was developed by Powerscourt, in partnership with creative writing organisation Fighting Words and pays homage to Sheila Wingfield, the late Viscountess Powerscourt who was a gifted poet, with many of her poems inspired by nature and her surrounds at Powerscourt Estate. The initiative is supported this year by renowned International/Irish/ Hollywood actor Patrick Bergin.

We are inviting everyone from 7-year olds up to create a poem or write lyrics, inspired by nature they have observed at Powerscourt Gardens and Waterfall, throughout August and September 2020. All submissions are online and will automatically be entered into an open prize draw to win a variety of amazing prizes.

For all information on entering the Poetry in Bloom competition visit www.powerscourt.com/poetryinbloom. Submissions are sent directly to Fighting Words at fiction@fightingwords.ie

Watch our wonderful video about the Poetry in Bloom competition.

Are you interested but not sure where to begin?

If you’re not sure where to start, before you visit Powerscourt Gardens and Waterfall, take a look at the recent beautiful dawn chorus time lapse video in association with Tourism Ireland of the Gardens. Click here to watch.

Celebrating Poetry in Bloom
All submissions will be reviewed by Fighting Words and included in a nature filled digital online anthology which will be published on Fighting Words’ and Powerscourt Estate websites in October.

A selection of entries submitted (poems, lyrics) will also be transformed into a poetry-film inspired by nature at Powerscourt (short 2-5-minute film) which will be circulated widely also.

  • You never know – your poem or lyrics may be selected and showcased!

Feature on the Virtual Poetry Wall 

Your submission could also be selected for the virtual poetry wall on the Fighting Words website. It’s a living collection of pieces submitted to the Poetry in Bloom at Powerscourt initiative.

  • To read the works submitted so far click HERE to go to our Poetry Wall


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Powerscourt Estate

*COVID Update – April 2021* 

Further to the government announcements, the Powerscourt Estate team is pleased to inform you  that from Monday 12th April we will be able to welcome visitors from the rest of County Wicklow, and those living within 20km of Powerscourt Estate.

In line with the latest Government guidelines, we can welcome back visitors and annual members to enjoy the Gardens, Waterfall and Riverwalk (members only). The Garden Pavilion is also open for essential retail. The Golf Club will reopen to members from the 26th April.

During April the Gardens are open from 9.30 to 17.30 and the Waterfall from 10.30 to 17.30, with last admission 30 minutes before close.

The Avoca Food Hall is open 7 days a week (9.30 am – 5.30 pm). Avoca Outdoor Hatch is open for takeaway coffee, toasted sandwiches & treats 7 days a week (10.00 am – 4.00 pm). Avoca Pizza Van in the Courtyard is open Fridays, Saturday & Sundays from 12 noon – 3.30 pm.

The following facilities will remain closed for the duration of the latest restrictions.

Avoca Café Restaurant
Avoca Retail (Visit avoca.com for details)
The Design Loft
Neptune by Global Village
Powerscourt Hotel
Powerscourt Distillery
Cool Planet Experience

To keep you and our staff safe we continue to facilitate social distancing, hand sanitizing and other safety measures.

Further updates will follow in the coming weeks as guidelines are adjusted.

Best wishes, ⁠⁠

Powerscourt Management⁠