VIRTUAL EASTER EGG HUNT
As we're all staying inside for the Easter, and not partaking in traditional egg hunts, I've hidden four Easter eggs around the pages of my website for you to find.
The eggs look like this: 🐣
Have a look around the website, and make a note of the web addresses (URLs) that the eggs are on.
If you can find all four, fill in the form on this page and you'll be entered into a competition to win a free copy of my latest book, The Dogs of Humanity!
Winner announced on Tuesday 14th April. UPDATE: Well done to the winner, Stuart Buck!
My poem, "The New Normal", is the opening poem of a new e-chapbook from The /temz/ Review, "March 2020: A COVID-19 Anthology", and you can get a copy of it in a very unique way!
Just make a donation or purchase that supports an independent bookstore, a small press, an artist-support fund, a food bank, or a crisis fund for a disadvantaged or marginalized community. There is no minimum contribution amount.
Email your receipt to either 845 Press (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Collusion Books (email@example.com) to receive both a PDF copy of "March 2020: A COVID-19 Anthology" AND the access password to view another great online chapbook, "Is It Less Lonely Like This: isolation collaborations".
Receipts must be dated March 1, 2020 or later.
Support others. We are all in this together.
As we're all in the midst of lockdown and need more reading material, here's a free little poetry pamphlet from myself.
'The Art of Conduction' is a sequence of 100 senryū exploring the power of music and the orchestra.
You can download it for free (or pay-what-you-want) from Gumroad at https://gumroad.com/colindardis
Geraldine O'Kane and myself have curated an Audio Anthology to mark International Women's Day 2020, inviting fifteen poets to record versions of their own work. The album is free to stream and donload via Bandcamp.
There's a new issue of The Honest Ulsterman out today, with interviews by myself with Gaynor Kane, talking about death and her new collection, Memory Forest, from Hedgehog Press; and with Michael Wilson, talking about his 'adventures in mental health' with his collection Bedlam's Best and Finest, from Eyewear Publishing.
Big love to Rick Lupert for playing my sound poem 'Vacancy of Days' on the latest Poetry Super Highway podcast. The item starts just after the 30 minute mark. Rick also generously plugged my bandcamp page and Poetry NI, many thanks! PSH has a monthly dial in show, if you wish to read your poetry on air, check it out.
I've started a new blog of micro-interviews with writers and creatives about some of their favourite books, called Fill Your Books!
First up to be interviewed are comedian & poet John Moynes, and novelist & artist Sharon Owens. Forthcoming interviews will feature poets Matthew MC Smith, Mark Anthony Owen, Lauren Scharhag, Elizabeth McGeown, and SK Grout.
STILL A FEW PLACES LEFT, BOOK NOW!
This Saturday, 22nd, in Enniskillen, I'm hosting a full day workshop, organised by Fermanagh Writers, funding by Arts Council of Northern Ireland. The workshop runs from 10am-5pm at Fermanagh House (Broadmeadow Place). The event is free and there is a small fee (£2.50) charged for refreshments. As places are limited, please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to register for it.
On March 26th, poet Colin Hassard hosts 'Reading & Righting' as part of Imagine! The Belfast Festival of Ideas & Politics on Thursday 26th in Crescent Arts Centre. An array of local award-winning poets and spoken word artists share their work inspired by various sociological, psychological and environmental issues. They will also each share inspiring work by a famous poet which has influenced their own writing. Also reading are Elizabeth McGeown, Michael Wilson, Abby Oliveira and Raquel McKee. Open mic slots available.