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The End of a Great Year

Layout 1It’s lovely to be able to look back on the year and go that was a great one. The publication of my second collection The Return of the Buffalo was a real highlight. I was lucky to do some great interviews about the book, including this one on Culture Northern Ireland. The relaunch and enhanced web presence of my publisher Lagan Press means you can view interviews and see me reading my poetry on You Tube.

D Cartmill MuralTaking part in the Corners Expedition to the Basque Country with 25 international artists was an inspirational and life changing experience. My residency in the beautiful environs of An Creagan will stay with me for a long time. I was also lucky to be able to do many poetry readings, including in some unusual venues like the Arts Council’s MacNeice House and a funeral home!

004My short film Two Little Boys was featured in the Belfast Film Festival. I was also commissioned for Terra Nova’s new theatre project Arrivals and I’m looking forward to the first reading of my play on 9th January.

My creative writing teaching has allowed me to meet many wonderful people. This year I’ve worked with the Belfast Book Festival, Artscare, the BBC, the WEA, Poetry in Motion, NI Libraries, Monaghan Libraries, Small Steps, Consensus and many schools.

Here’s to a great new year and everything it may bring.

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Belfast Poetry Events

dcartmillwebI’ve a busy weekend ahead. On Friday 30th August night I’m one of the judges for the East Belfast Arts Festival Poetry Slam in Belmont Tower. Then on Saturday 31st I’m running two free workshops at Poetry In Motion’s one day poetry festival in Belfast. There’s a host of fabulous poets running workshops too. Sign up here.

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Belfast Book Festival Poetry Reading

dcartmillwebAs 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.

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