I had a fantastic night reading at Muldoon’s Picnic alongside Paul Muldoon, the Horslips, Maria McManus, Martina Devlin, Peter McVeigh, Stuart Neville, Ann Enright and Michael Longley. It was one of the many great events as part of the inaugural John O’Connor Writing School in Armagh.
This was the first time Paul Muldoon hosted one of his famous ‘picnics’ outside of New York. It was wonderful to be a part of it.
I’m really looking forward to reading at the Poetry NI Summer Reading at the Crescent Arts Centre on 27th August.
I’ll be reading alongside a great mix of established names and exciting new voices – Maria McManus, Chris Agee, Ruth Carr, Kelly Creighton, Matt Kirkham, Geraldine O’Kane and Lynda Tavakoli. The night will be hosted by Colin Dardis and starts at 7.30pm.
I’d love to see you at the launch of my new poetry collection The Return of the Buffalo on Tuesday 24th September at 7pm in the First Presbyterian Church in Rosemary Street, Belfast. Everyone welcome. Maria McManus and Myra Vennard are also launching their new books on the night. Check out the invite above. You can read more about the book in my interview with Culture Northern Ireland.
Here’s what it says on the back cover:
Whether dealing with grief at the loss of a father, a devastating personal tragedy or the vicissitudes of married love, Deirdre Cartmill’s The Return of the Buffalo attempts to make sense of an often harsh and seemingly meaningless world.
Central to the collection is a poem regarding a visit to Alcatraz in San Francisco – the site of a Native American occupation in the 1960s. Struck by parallels to her own experiences, Cartmill finds hope and consolation in this meditation on the Native American myth that the birth of a white buffalo calf and the revival of the buffalo population will herald a new age.
Other poems in the collection echo and deepen this desire to begin again.
While refusing to shy away from painful realities, The Return of the Buffalo is ultimately about the possibility of redemption.
As part of the Belfast Book Festival 2013 I’m doing a Literary Lunchtimes reading at the Ulster Hall alongside fellow Lagan poets Jean Bleakney, Moyra Donaldson and Maria McManus. The event’s on Monday 10th June from 1-2pm and admission is free.
I’m also doing a Poetry in Motion workshop as part of the festival on Friday 14th June – more details to follow.
On Halloween afternoon, twenty five poets and musicians are performing at The Moving Word – a free fringe event at the QFT as part of the Belfast Festival at Queen’s.
Poets include Paul Jeffcut, Ray Givans, Sonia Abercrombie, Paula Cunningham, Alex Wylie, Annemarie Mullan, Emma Must, Maria MacManus and many more. Musicians include Ben Maier, and Deirdre and Ciaran Carson. The event runs from 1-5pm so feel free to drop in and out as it suits you. I’ll be reading in the 3.15pm to 4pm slot and it would be lovely to see you there.
The Moving Word
Oct 31st, 2012
Venue: Queen’s Film Theatre Foyer, 20 University Square, Belfast BT7 1PA