Join Colin Dardis, Linda McKenna, Geraldine O’Kane and Ross Thompson for a showcase of forthcoming work from four of the most promising poets Northern Ireland currently has to offer. With a multitude of awards and competition listings between them, this reading will offer a snapshot of the full-length collections to come in the year ahead and manuscripts in progress. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to catch a sneak preview of four singular and remarkable, emerging voices.
Open to all poets, we invite you to take the mic and enter our annual poetry slam competition. Share your work in front of a lively and appreciative audience, with new readers always welcome. To enter, just register at the start of the night; names will be drawn out at random, with each poet invited onstage to read. The winner will receive the Brain Bailey Memorial Cup, in tribute to the much missed poet and pioneer of the Belfast live poetry scene. Available slots will be limited to 22 due to time constraints, so it’s first come, first served! For full rules of entry, please see our Slam Rules page.
Poetry NI’s Geraldine O’Kane and Colin Dardis present a poetry workshop designed to encourage and celebrate creativity, providing the opportunity to experiment with writing in a supportive and constructive atmosphere. Together, you will explore aspects of mental health and creativity through a series of writing exercises to stimulate mindfulness and wellbeing. Suitable for those already writing or those who have a desire to write.
Poetry NI's Pen Points Press presents a new online collection from Adrian Fox.
Written in the aftermath of a severe stroke, causing him to lose almost his entire memory, Fox's writing give a unique insight into his fight back to life, and back to poetry. Balanced finely between depression and resilience, Fox portrays a world where at once, everything can be closed off, or entirely possible. The Disabled Dimension is a charter of over ten years, of a poet regaining his memory, and rediscovering a power through poems.
The e-pamphlet will be made available for free download from the Poetry NI website on Poetry Day Ireland, Thursday 2nd March.