An evening with poet Sinead Morrissey 31st August

An evening with poet Sinead Morrissey to begin the McLellan Arts Festival

Photo by Florian Braakman

This year the festival will run from 31st August to 9th September 2018. The McLellan Arts festival focuses on poetry, music, film and drama as well as providing workshops for adults and young people in these areas. The Poetry Competition has thrived and now in it’s 12th year it attracts entries from all over the world. This year’s judge is celebrated poet Sinead Morrissey, and she will kick off the festival with an evening of readings from her own work as well as the competition entries.  Click here for the full festival programme.

Poetry lovers beware and please note the 31st August as a date for your diary — to begin over a week of McLellan Festival events, Sinéad Morrissey will join us in Corrie and Sannox Hall to announce the winners of the 2018 McLellan poetry competition. She will be reading the winning poems and talking about them in the first half of the evening and, after the interval, she will treat us to a reading of some of her own work.

Sinéad is originally from Portadown and was raised in Belfast. She is currently Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University. She has six poetry collections to her name and served as Belfast Poet Laureate 2013-2014. She won the TS Eliot Prize for her fifth collection, Parallax in 2013 and was awarded the Forward Prize for Best Collection in 2017 with On Balance — a breath-taking feat, blending fiction, memoir and history (the Guardian).

Please join us for what promises to be a very varied evening of poetry, enhanced by music from ARRAN DAWN who entertained us so well last year.

8pm Friday 31st August. Corrie and Sannox Hall. Tickets £10.