21st March 2023: 12.30pm
Can we capture the political and cultural moment, and still make writing that lasts? How soon is too soon to write about something?
Due to circumstances beyond our control, we regret that this event is CANCELLED.
Poet and playwright Luke Wright is joined by celebrated poet and novelist Clare Pollard and local writer and artistic director, Maria McManus, to discuss the challenges and joys of writing about contemporary events.
Pollard’s recent novel Delphi is an account of the COVID lockdown that asks if ancient myths can illuminate the present, whilst Wright’s verse play The Remains of Logan Dankworth deals with the near-recent past of the Brexit referendum.
Maria McManus’s debut collection, Reading the Dog (Lagan Press), was shortlisted for the 2007 Strong/Shine Award and Glen Dimplex New Writers Award. We Are Bone (2013) was also published with Lagan and her latest collection, Available Light, was released by Arlen House in 2018. Maria is the brains behind the Poetry Jukebox project, which involves guest curators selecting poems that the public can access on the streets of Belfast, Dublin and, most recently at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris.