Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Culture Night 2018 at Irish Writers Centre

On Culture Night 2018 (Friday 21 September) I will read a new piece commissioned by the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin as part of its 'Writers Soapbox' session.

Now in its 13th year, Culture Night is a one-night, all-Ireland celebration of the arts, heritage and culture, where venues and public spaces across the island open their doors to host a programme of free entertainment.

Responding to the theme "I go from room to room / around the house / looking for something, / and, to be honest, I won’t know / what it is / till I find it" (taken from a Macdara Woods poem, and set by the centre's Kate Cunningham) I composed a new poem out of the subject titles of IMDb user reviews of the 2001 Richard Linklater film Tape - selected, rearranged and lightly-edited to effect a fitful shifting of opinion from one extreme to another. The poem relates to current global political personalities and conditions.

Also delivering a Soapbox reading on Friday will be Yemi Azamosa, Caelainn Hogan, Aifric Mac Aodha, and Manus Boyle Tobin. We start at 7.30pm. The IWC's full Culture Night programme begins at 5.30pm, with the Soapbox being followed by a publisher showcase featuring Cois Life and Skein Press.

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