Last night saw our first online slam, thanks to the Belfast Book Festival! And after three rounds, our 2021 Slampion and winner of the Brian Bailey Memorial Cup is Elizabeth McGeown!
Congratulations also to our finalists, Mel Bradley & Cat Brogan (joint 2nd), and Gaynor Kane (4th). Well done to everyone who entered, and thank you for giving us such an entertaining evening.
Many thanks also to the staff at Crescant Arts Centre for making the whole online event possible, and guest judge Siobhan McCafferty for helping with the scores and sharing some of her work.
We're putting together a collaborative poem about life under lockdown, and we need YOUR help!
In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and social lockdown, life is changing. With developments and headlines moving rapidly, loved ones shut off from each other, people working from homes and public amenitiies closed, we are having to get used to a life indoors, and for some, a life rapidly more online. Life insists, and persists.
Poetry NI wants to capture people's responses to this crisis, and naturally, we feel the best way to do this is through poetry. We are asking people to send in a haiku, giving a snapshot of their life under lockdown.
Together, these haiku will form a sequence, a haikai, detailing people's lives, which will be published in an e-pamphlet, available for free download from our website. This will be a one off Panning for Poems special edition.
Just complete the online entry form to submit. All submissions must be in by Sunday, April 12th.
In wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, and developing Government guidelines, we feel that regrettably it would be best to put Purely Poetry on hold for the moment, until this uncertain period of social distancing passes.
As much as we love poetry and bringing people together, we feel unfortunately it just would be unsafe and irresponsible for the open mic night to continue right now. Obviously, we take this decision with a heavy heart.
We fully support the Crescent Arts Centre and their own closure, and wish all staff there well. We will be back whenever it is safe to. In the meantime, stay safe and well, and thank you for your support.
Poetry NI presents an audio anthology of fifteen women poets, to celebrate International Women's Day 2020.
We invited a range of poets whose work we enjoy and admire to send in renditions of their own poems. The themes and issues are diverse and distinct, but all have one thing in common: simply great writing.
The album is free to stream and download via Bandcamp. Just enter your email address, and a download link will be send to you. The album will download as a zip file, and you can choose which format to download in: MP3, WAV, FLAC, etc.
Visit unwomen.org to find our more about International Women's Day and how you can get involved.
"Call us the Bastard Wing of Europe,
a Kneecapped Ulysses,
Little Island Floating in its own Ennui.
Call us Goat Sacrificed By Greed,
Undrinkable Water Found In A Stream
Running Past a Deconsecrated Church.
A See-Saw of Drunken Economists."
Pen Points Press has released a new broadside of five poems from Colin Dardis, launched on Friday 31st January to mark (commiserate) the United Kingdom leaving the European Union.
Much in the style of our micropress broadside, Panning For Poems, Post Brexit Blues is designed to be printed out on a double-sided A4 page and folded.
The broadside is available to download for free.
After our January break, getting over the excesses of the festive season, Purely Poetry open mic is back in Crescent Arts Centre on Friday 7th February.
As always, we're eager to hear your poems, with readers of all experiences and backgrounds welcomes. Sign-up for readers is 8.10pm, with the event starting at 8.30pm.
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