On Thursday 21st February at 7pm, a brand new monthly poetry night will launch in Belfast at The ARC (Community Arts Partnership, Cathedral Quarter). The night is called ‘Lit Up,’ and the format of the night is that there will be two headlining poets (one performance poet and one literary poet) and an open mic.
Venue: The ARC, Arts Resource Centre, 7 Donegal Street Place, Donegal Street, Belfast BT1 2FN (map)
Date: Thursday 21st February
Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm
But that is not all – there is a twist! All poets reading will be asked to share, as well as their own work, one or two of their favourite poems by other poets. Event organiser and poet Michael Wilson explains: “The idea is to take the ego out of the practice of reading our work aloud, by going back to the source of what inspires us, and bringing together people from various points on the spectrum of poetic writing, showcasing both slam-winning poets and literary prize-winning poets, to come together and enjoy and be inspired by our common love of the poems that made us want to be poets in the first place. It is also a great way to get people to read who would like to share and be part of the community, but perhaps do not have poems of their own or do not feel ready to read their own work for whatever reason. It will be an exciting way to discover so many new poems and learn more about the poems that have influenced some of Belfast’s greatest poets.” All are welcome to the launch on 21st February, and ‘Lit Up’ will continue every third Thursday of the month.
You might want to read one of Mary Oliver’s poems, to mark her recent passing and her inspirational poems.
Door fee is a suggested donation of £3.
For more information: follow ‘Lit Up’ on Facebook.
To book your place on the reading list, please contact CAP’s LAVA (Literature and Verbal Arts) coordinator, Shelley Tracey firstname.lastname@example.org