Crescent Arts Centre, Cube Theatre
30th March: 7.30pm – 9.30pm
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. In a very rare Northern Irish reading Damian Gorman will reflect on and read from his work, including a new piece commissioned to mark 50 years since the start of the ‘Troubles’. He also intends to include bits and pieces of poetry and plays which have nothing to do with conflict, “to let us all get our heads showered”.
Damian Gorman has written poems throughout his life, and has often turned his hand to writing about conflict. His verse documentary about the ‘Troubles’, Devices of Detachment was described by Sean Day-Lewis as “a television masterpiece”, and If I Was Us, I Wouldn’t Start From Here, a Poetry Jukebox commission to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, was subsequently broadcast on RTE, BBC Radio 4, Radio Ulster and 6 Music, and has received tens of thousands of views online.
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.