"If we feel this need to write, to explore our feelings and reactions, our compulsion is to indulge in that need. And if we are nurturing a need, then there must be a benefit to us in doing so.... Writing is a solitary, reflective experience. In the age of mindfulness, and being told to live in the moment, writing has always exercised this."
I've a short essay up today on First Fortnight's blog talking about mental health and the urge to write. Many thanks to Fiona Smith at First Fortnight for the invite to appear on their blog.
Saturday 31st Aug, 3pm
Music In Mind Festival - Poetry NI Showcase
Friday 6th Sept, 3pm
Black Box, Belfast
Bounce! Festival - Poetry NI Showcase
Saturday 7th Sept, 3pm
Intercontinental Poetry Summit with Ali Whitelock
Sunday 8th Sept, 1pm
Central Hall, Mount Stewart
Mount Stewart Conversations Festival: The Art of Conversation
Friday 20th Sept, 7.30pm
Seamus Heaney Homeplace
Culture Night: Open Mic Poetry Night! (co-host)