Big thanks to Olive Broderick, Down Arts Centre for inviting me to read at Newry, Mourne and Down District Council's Narnia Festival. It was a highly enjoyable "high octane" reading as part of Poems on a Sunday Afternoon, on tour in Kilbroney Park in Rostrevor. Lots of fun sharing poems and hearing samples of local talent. And an extra big thanks to Marion Clarke for volunteering to help me read ”Dialogue for D-Day" by Joy Davidman, wife of CS Lewis.
Age UK in Gloucestershire are having a Christmas service at Gloucester Cathedral, and have asked to read my NHS70 poem at the event, which will be read out by an NHS nurse in uniform.
I hope people will find this image and the poem effective. I am incredibly moved by this request, thank you to NICON for facilitating this and Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Here's a few more photos Including one of me apparently doing the ol' jazz hands) from the reading of the poem at the recent World Health Organization Healthy Cities conference in Belfast, written to mark the 70th anniversary of the United Kingdom’s National Health Service and to pay homage to the ideal of universal health coverage.
Photo credit: WHO Regional Office for Europe
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)