22nd March: 9.00pm
All Around The Word
A selection of poets present work around the theme of race and identity.
A selection of award-winning poets present work around the themes of race and identity. While the concept of identity within our local communities remains an ongoing issue, the death of George Floyd in May 2020 saw racial protests and a rise in the Black Lives Matter movement across the globe, including in Northern Ireland.
Hosted by former Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival Writer-in-Residence, Colin Hassard, this is sure to be a thought-provoking and inspiring event featuring some of the finest voices within the local poetry scene.
Abby Oliveira Abby Oliveira is a writer, performer, lyricist, and theatre maker based in Derry. She has been an eminent member of the Irish spoken-word scene for over a decade. She performs regularly at events and festivals throughout the UK, Ireland & abroad and has toured work in Australia, New Zealand (via support from Arts Council NI), and Singapore. She has had work commissioned by BBC Radio 4 and Foyle, RTE radio, and more.
Nandi Jola Nandi’s work has been showcased at the Duncairn Arts Centre in North Belfast, in Armagh at the John Hewitt International Summer School and John O’Connor Writing Festival. Her work reflects both her origins as an African artist and as someone bedded into the culture in Northern Ireland. Nandi Jola Project managed the ‘Home neither here nor there’ exhibition at Stormont to mark Africa Week, in May 2013, and is one of the leading artistic presences in the African community here in Northern Ireland, taking a prominent role as an arts voice and presence in the on-going Black Lives Matter campaign.
Elizabeth McGeown Elizabeth McGeown is from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and has featured in publications including Banshee, Abridged and Riggwelter. As a spoken word artist she is the winner of the 2019 Cursed Murphy Spoken Word Prize, the 2019 Cuirt Literary Festival Spoken Word Platform, has been a finalist in the All-Ireland Poetry Slam, and represented Northern Ireland at the 2019 Hammer & Tongue UK Slam Finals in the Royal Albert Hall. Featured gigs include Body & Soul, Loud Poets, Electric Picnic, Sonnet Youth, and as a regular ‘cast member’ in Other Voices Alternative Spoken Word Cabaret at the Edinburgh Fringe. She has received funding from Arts Council Northern Ireland and The National Lottery to work on her first full-length spoken word show.
Colin Hassard Event host Colin Hassard is a poet from Banbridge. In 2018, he was the Runner Up in the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing and in 2019 was short listed for the Aurivo North West Words Poetry Competition. Colin is a former two-time Ulster Poetry Slam Champion and in 2020 was the joint winner of the Cursed Murphy Spoken Word Prize. He is the current Writer-in-Residence for the Duncairn Arts Centre and his debut poetry collection ‘Age of the Microwave Dinner’ will be released in 2021 through Doire Press.