12NOW Round-Up – September ’17

We round up the latest news, appearances and publications from some of our 12NOW writers.

Olive Broderick, Peter Adair, Matthew Rice and Ross Thompson, alongside LO editor Colin Dardis, read as part of Blackberry Path Art Studio’s Wine and Rhymes event at Aspects Festival, on Friday 15th September.

Peter Adair and David Mitchell were two of our many excellent contributors to our recent Poems About Poetry call out. You can download their poems along with all the other great responses in our free e-anthology. Peter also appears alongside Matthew Rice in the new issue of The Poets’ Republic, out in early September.

Olive Broderick has been busy preparing for the premier of Knowing the Dance, a collaborative performance of dance, poetry and live music. The piece integrates the experience of holding a shared space between dance improvisation and poetry writing, with music improvisation supporting this relationship. Weaving various themes into each piece, the dance elements, performed by the dancer, and the poetic pieces, performed by the poet, are not separate but indivisible by virtue of their shared nature of their creation. The performance launches at Down Arts Centre on 9th September, with further performances happening at the Brian Friel Theatre, Belfast happening in October.

Tory Campbell will be the invited featured poet as a special North-South event between Poetry NI and Irish Writers Centre‘s Takin The Mic at Dublin Book Festival in November (more details soon). And when she isn’t busy writing and fine-tuning her poetry, Tory runs SHINE Yoga, which recently ran free family yoga sessions at the Belfast Mela.

As runner-up in Poetry NI’s Poetry Slam at the Belfast Book Festival back in June, Patricia Devlin-Hill will be competing in the final of the All Ireland Poetry Slam in Enniskilllen on October 7th. Patricia and David Braziel will be the Belfast representatives, and we wishes them both the best of luck!

Jamie Guiney has a new short story, ‘The Amazing Chen’ over on Fairlight Shorts, which celebrates quality writing and promotes the best of new and contemporary literary fiction.

Paula Matthews recently told us about the importance of reading to her own personal mental health and wellbeing, in our article How reading helps us survive. Paula will also be reading as part of Women Aloud NI’s Bangor Poetry Recital on Saturday 9th September, as part of Aspects Festival.

David Mitchell laments over the new version of the Great British Bake Off, but perhaps not in a way you might suspect, in surely the only GBBO review that mentions Harvard philosopher Michael Sandel.

Matthew Rice will be taking part in Poetry Ireland‘s ‘Poetry Salon’ as part of Culture Night on September 22nd at Poetry Ireland HQ on Parnell Square Dublin. Matthew will also be appearing alongside Frank Ormsby and Anthony Toner at the John O’Connor Writing School on Sunday 5th November at the Charlemont Arms Hotel. A new poem, Beyond, also appears in the latest Poetry Ireland Review.

Claire Savage reviews Bernie McGill’s new novel The Watch House in the latest issue of The Incubator.

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