Crescent Arts Centre, Boardroom
31st March: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
NB. This event is now SOLD OUT.
With poet Damian Gorman.
Northern Irish poet and playwright Damian Gorman has been described as “Ireland’s best-kept secret”. His work has garnered many awards over the past 25 years, from a Better Ireland Award to an MBE; a Golden Harp to a BAFTA. As part of his appearance at the festival. Damian will lead a workshop for a small group of participants. No experience of poetry writing is necessary. Beginners welcome!
Damian has been a writer and encourager of other people’s writing for more than 30 years. Alongside his regular writing classes at Aberystwyth Arts Centre (where he is currently writer-in-residence), recent work includes a new documentary for the BBC, and guest lecturing at Oxford University in creative writing and human rights.
In the early 1990s he was behind the ground-breaking ‘Crann’ initiative which worked to “help people tell, and hear, the stories of the ‘Troubles’ through the arts”, and for ten years worked with young Israelis and Palestinians using creative writing as tools of dialogue and understanding. In 2017 he was commissioned to write a poem (Human Threads) to accompany the ‘Stitched Voices’ exhibition of protest banners, and in late 2018 was asked by a leading immigrant charity in the US to write a poem in support of immigrants and asylum seekers in Trump’s America.
Damian will also be performing on 30th March at 7.30pm in the Crescent Arts Centre Cube Theatre.