I'll be reading at Books Upstairs's Sunday Session on Sunday 20th October, 3pm, alongside Geraldine O'Kane and Tory Campbell, in a special showcase of Northern Irish poetry.
The event is free. Please note as the cafe is upstairs, disabled access is restricted unfortunately.
The Sunday Session is an ongoing series from Books Upstairs, usually featuring three readers. We'll hoping to bring down some more NI poets for future sessions.
I turn 40 this week, which is no big deal in itself, but I suppose it is a good time for a bit of a stocktake and a clearing out of the back catalogue....
Over the next month, I'll be releasing some projects that I've been sitting on, basically gathering (digital) dust. This will be partially to clear the desk for new work, and partially as a sort of creative milestone.
To commence, I've two new booklets of artwork available for download via Gumroad.
'Many Headed' is a collection of twenty-five heads (and one poem) in various mediums.
'Cartoon Truffle' is a (far) less serious motley crew of various MS Paint cartoons and sketches doodled over the years.
These will be available for free download (PDF format) during October.
The latest release in the D.A.R.D.I.S. sound-art project... Cut From Paper is a sound experiment partially inspired by Steve Roden's lower case album, Forms of Paper. All tracks contain manipulated sounds recorded from folding, bending, scrunching, twisting and waving one piece of A4 paper. Half the tracks also contains improvised guitar.
"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.
We're bringing a taste of our open mic night to Seamus Heaney Homeplace on Friday 20th September, 7.30pm for Culture Night.
"Are you a professional or aspiring poet who would like more experience in reading your work to an audience? Would you like to hear the freshest new poetic voices from the area? Whatever your interest, come along to this informal and supportive Open Mic session, hosted by poets Colin Dardis and Geraldine O’Kane."
Admission is free, but tickets must be booked in advance.
A round-up of reviews so far for The Dogs of Humanity. Many thanks to the reviewers and site editors for these kind words.
"...a dredging up of emotions, feelings and darkness.... full of separation, or the protagonists pulling away from the world around them."
Mat Riches reviews Dogs for London Grip
"There is a very human need to be social and connect... [t]he analogies and ambiguities are thought-provoking and encourage readers to look again at familiar situations and blur the boundaries between animals and humans... timely and engaging."
Emma Lee reviews Dogs for The Blue Nib
"In poems that are inventive and beguiling, Dardis creates a starkly insightful version of the present, using fresh, direct language... [t]he voice in these poems is insightful, urgent but compassionate, making the collection an enjoyable but unsettling read."
Michael Farry reviews Dogs for Neon Books
Many thanks to The Poetry Question for inviting me to briefly writing about my top five authors and titles, for their #TPQ5 series. Within, I muse on Samuel Beckett, Paul Durcan, Richard Brautigan, Primo Levi's If This Is A Man, and the Gospels of the Holy Bible.
I'll be reading at 'The Art of Conversation' on Sunday 8th September, 1pm, as part of the Mount Stewart Conversations Festival.
Organisers Karen Mooney, Gaynor Kane and Byddi Lee present a programme of readings by local writers within the theme of ‘The Art of Conversation’ reflecting conversations and the issues that provoke and stimulate conversation in today’s society.
The full line-up for the weekend includes:
Saturday 7th September
David Braziel, Maureen Boyle, Kerry Buchanan, Sue Divin, Ray Givans, Doreen McBride, Paul Rafferty, Conor Shields, Liz Weir MBE, Jo Zebedee
Sunday 8th September
Trish Bennett, Cathy Carson, Colin Dardis, Moyra Donaldson, Malachi Kelly, Byddi Lee, Réaltán Ní Leannáin, Anesu Mtowa, Maria McManus, Roy Uprichard
Thurs 9th Jan, 2020, 11am
Writing and Mental Health (First Fortnight Festival)
Stillorgan Library, Dublin
Thurs 20th Feb, 2020, 7pm
Lit Up (with Geraldine O'Kane)
The ARC, Community Arts Partnership, Belfast