On Friday 29 September I will give a talk & performance at 'My Story: My Words' - a symposium on Language and Migration at NUI Galway.
Developed under the Irish Research Council's 'New Foundations' scheme in partnership with the Immigrant Council of Ireland, and organised by Anne O'Connor and Andrea Ciribuco of The School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at NUI Galway, the symposium brings together scholars and practitioners in the fields of translation, new media, visual art, film, theatre and poetry, and will run for the full day in the Hardiman Research Building.
The title of my talk is 'Travelling Light: Shedding Poetry's National Baggage', and will consist of fragments from an essay I've been re-working which considers poetry from the position of the trans- or post-national mind, interspersed with my own poetry.
In the run up to the symposium I was interviewed by Andrea Ciribuco on my writing and its relation to themes that will be examined during the symposium. This interview is not intended to be published in full, but it will be used together with responses from other artists and writers within a research report to institutions.
Full symposium programme:
A few days before that, on Saturday 23 September, I will give a workshop on Found Poetry in Malahide Library as part of Fingal Libraries' Write Time festival. Attendance is free, but spaces are limited and registration is essential. At the time of writing there are a couple of slots left. Contact Malahide Library (01-8704430 / email@example.com) if interested.