the x of y is one of the Belfast Telegraph's recommended summer reads, as selected by Damian Smyth, head of literature at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland:
"With an already impressive following online and as a spoken word virtuoso, Colin Dardis's long-awaited debut in print, the x of y (Eyewear Publishing £10.99), includes a darker aspect, but one shot through with cute observations and unconventional perspectives. What poetry does, in fact."
There are other great choices showcased as well; I'm looking forward to reading Kate Newmann's fifth collection (Ask Me Next Saturday, Summer Palace), as well as Stuart Bailie's Trouble Songs: Music and conflict in Northern Ireland (Bloomfield Press). I only got to skim through Trouble Songs before speaking to Bailie from a Belfast Book Festival event, and it certainly deserves a fuller and complete read.
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)