Sunday, 13 May 2018

Belfast Book Festival

Honoured to be reading alongside the brilliant Joan Newmann and Mel McMahon at this year's Belfast Book Festival, on the first day of the festival, Wednesday 6th June, at 6.30pm in the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast. Tickets are free, but you need to book in advance.

Here's the event blurb and link:

Three Verses: Mel McMahon, Colin Dardis & Joan Newmann

Join Irish poets Mel McMahon, Colin Dardis and Joan Newmann as they read from their latest works.

Mel McMahon will be reading from his second collection, Beneath Our Feet (Abbey Press). A poetic tribute to Wilfred Owen, one of World War One's greatest poets, the book deals with the last two years of Owen's life and explores his time in France and Craiglockhart.

Colin Dardis will be reading from the x of y (Eyewear Publishing). Navigating an often complex and uneven playing field, the collection strives to find balance from a life constantly fluctuating between profit and loss, exploring questions of existence and identity, asking who we really are, and how we can possibly be.

Joan Newmann will read from Dead End (Summer Palace Press), a rumination on death which is often as playful a collection as it is a dark and hauntingly beautiful one.

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Poetry NI will also be once again hosting the Belfast Book Festival Poetry Slam, on Saturday 9th June at 9pm.

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. Available slots will be limited to 22 due to time constraints, so it’s first come, first served!

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