12NOW poets read with NI Screen for Poetry Day Ireland

The Lyric Theatre, in conjunction with Northern Ireland Screen’s Digital Film Archive, is set to celebrate Poetry Day Ireland with a lunchtime reading by two of the North’s “most exciting contemporary poets”, Olive Broderick and Ross Thompson,

The reading, which will take place on Thursday 27th April at 1pm in the Lyric Theatre, will combine archive material from the Digital Film Archive with contributions from the two Lagan 12NOW poets.

The poets were commissioned to respond to the moving image content as part of Northern Ireland Screen’s forthcoming ‘Coast To Coast’ project which will showcase Northern Ireland’s profound relationship with the coast and sea and its impact on our society and culture. Classic archive material featuring Seamus Heaney and John Betjeman will also be shown at the event.
Olive Broderick: “It has been a complete privilege and delight to have been given the chance to work on this – sea-charmed creature that I am. Thanks to Northern Ireland Screen for this wonderful venture.”

Ross Thompson: “I wrote a sequence of eight linked pieces, collectively entitled Coast To Coast. The work, along with Olive’s writing, has been put to film by talented filmmakers. I’m delighted to be involved in this project, and am grateful to Northern Ireland Screen’s Digital Film Archive for the invite to collaborate, and to The Lyric for hosting the event on National Poetry Day.”

Rebecca Mairs, the Lyric’s Literary Manager says: “We’re delighted to invite Ross and Olive to share their wonderful new work with Lyric audiences. The Lyric has a rich history of celebrating Irish poetry and poets – a deep-rooted connection that’s reflected in our very name. Yeats, Hewitt, and Heaney have all played an important role in the development of the theatre. What better way to honour their contribution than to celebrate contemporary literary talent?”

The event, taking place in the Lyric’s Cafe Bar, is free and open to all.

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