Lit Up Poetry – Clive Oseman and Matthew Rice – 20 May

Lit Up is a regular poetry night with a twist: we encourage performers to read a mix of their own work along with poems by writers they admire and are inspired by.

Spaces for open mic have filled up but we are taking reserve list poets; email: to add your name to the reserve list.

Headliners this month are Clive Oseman and Matthew Rice.

Date: Thursday 20 May
Time: 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Cost: £5 (which goes to Community Arts Partnership Belfast).

Lit Up Poetry , 20 May – Eventbrite

Clive Oseman is a multi slam winning, Swindon based Brummie spoken word artist, comedian ,satirist and promoter. His third poetry collection, It Could be verse, was published by Black Eyes Publishing in 2020 and his debut one man show “Getting to know Elizabeth” a satirical look at the life of the Queen, first performed in February, is now being rewritten to suit the changed circumstances. Although his poetry is a mixture of serious and humorous, he is currently writing mainly humorous material as he feels that laughter is very important at the moment. His zoom performances have been described as innovative and entertaining.

Matthew Rice was born in Belfast. Poems have appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, Asheville Poetry Review, The Dark Horse, The Tangerine, and in the anthologies The Best New British and Irish Poets 2017 (Eyewear), and Hold Open the Door: The Ireland Chair of Poetry Commemorative Anthology (UCD Press / University of Chicago Press). He was awarded runner-up for the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing 2017, and was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series the same year. He was the recipient of a SIAP Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for 2017/18, and also received an IERP Award in 2020. He is currently completing an MA in Poetry and Criticism at The Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University, Belfast. His debut collection of poems, The Last Weather Observer, was published in 2021 with Summer Palace Press.

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