Continuing the Poetry Day Ireland celebrations... our special double issue of FourXFour Poetry Journal is now live, with new writing from Lizz Murphy Author, Michael Conaghan, Julieann Campbell, Patrick Taggart, Aine MacAodha, Nathan Elout-Armstrong, Willetta Fleming and Gareth Osborne.
The theme for this year’s Poetry Day Ireland is “poetry connects”. It’s a main ethos of FourXFour, to discover and celebrate strong, original writing within Northern Ireland, and to connect the poets with new and wider audiences. The journal has been doing that for nearly five years now, and it’s a pleasure to bring you once more not four, but this time eight, further poets for you to explore and discover.
Four of our featured poets have published collections previously, while four are emerging names to watch out for. It’s the perfect balance for our double issue, and we wish each of them the best with their writing and careers going forward.
Here it is... our special Mix Tape of audio poems for Poetry Day Ireland!
In collaboration with Lagan Online, we present 29 poets from across Ireland, with 45 minutes of auditory allegories, sonorous stanzas and versified voices.
Co-editor Geraldine O'Kane: "It was more than a pleasure to listen to so many wonderful submissions, and to put voice to many names I've read over the years. May you enjoy your Poetry Day Ireland in as many mediums as is possible!"
All the tracks are available to stream and download for free from Lagan's Soundcloud page. Happy listening!
Eyewear Publishing, Poetry NI and Waterstone's Belfast present the Belfast launch of Eyewear's Best New British and Irish Poets 2017 anthology.
Selected poets Susannah Dickey, Jo Erbacher, Joe Lines, Emma Must, Geraldine O'Kane and Matthew Rice will be reading on the night.
In the second annual anthology from Eyewear. poets were selected by guest judge Luke Kennard, from a competition opened to any poet of British or Irish citizenship and/or residency who has not yet published a full-length collection of poetry. Described as a “diverse and lively group of writers from across these isles represents the most interesting new voices writing in the English language today”, the anthology is a who’s who of names to watch out for in the years ahead. Copies will be available to purchase on the night.
There will also be a thirty minute open mic afterwards for people wanting to share a poem of their own, plus a chance to win a copy of the 2016 anthology!
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