June News – #Belfastbook #CastleWard & more


June begins and there is a lot happening. Just a few things coming up at my end, that all are invited to! I’ll be sharing further details of individual events in due course.

‘Knowing the Dance’ – Performance/Workshop

6 June: 4-6pm – As part of QUB’s Anthropology Department’s ‘Evolving Fields’ Conference Paula Guzzanti and I, with musician Martin Devek, will be showcasing ‘Knowing the Dance‘ – including a workshop element. The conference programme and registration details can be found HERE. Venue: Queen’s University Belfast

Castle Ward ‘OPEN BOOK’ Fair

10 June: various times – Castle Ward’s ‘OPEN BOOK’ Fair happens over the weekend of the 10 & 11 June and as resident creative writing group, Words for Castle Ward have an active programme of events happening on the Saturday. Take an ‘Open Book’ workshop in the Education Suite (10.30am-12pm – I am the facilitator), hear an impromptu reading in the Stableyard Cafe (12.15-12.45pm tbc) & join us in celebrating the launch of new works by Words for Castle Ward authors in Lord Bangor’s Sitting Room in the Main House (3pm). More info about this and the group HERE. Venue: Castle Ward, nr Strangford

Belfast Book Festival Events

8 June, 8pm, & 15 June, 6.30pm – The magnificent Belfast Book Festival is just about upon us!! What a programme and best wishes to all involved. I’m delighted to appear on the 15 June as one of the two 12Now showcase events organised by Lagan Online. All twelve writers are included over the two events and you can find, & book, the 8 June installment HERE and the 15 June installment HERE. Venue: Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

17 June, 2-4pm – Women Aloud NI bring their multi-various talented voices to Belfast Book Festival with a rapid fire readathon and then a simultaneous reading ‘en masse’. It’s a privilege to be part of this showcase that gives you a flavour of the breadth of women’s writing HERE. Get further details and book HERE. Venue: Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

17 June, 5-6pm – Not…long..now… very excited to launch ‘Night Divers’ in Belfast as part of the Templar Poetry launches – with Paul Maddern and his latest pubication ‘Pilgrimage’. I’d be thrilled to see you there. More info and booking HERE. Venue: Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

Poems on a Sunday Afternoon, Downpatrick

25 June, 2-4pm – A very lovely finale to a busy month is the Down Arts Centre/Words for Castle Ward Poems on a Sunday Afternoon. As always everyone is invited to be part of the shared reading space – bring your own words or a favourite (songs are very welcome). Delighted to be featuring both a selection of participants on the Down Arts Centre current writing workshop facilitated by Dr Catherine Kelly and, as part of Refugee week, a special Amnesty organised reading. Further details about Poems on a Sunday Afternoon HERE. Venue: Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick

I know it’s a really busy month for very many – so good luck out there and hope to meet you in transit. And good luck to those doing exams as well!

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