Lit Up Poetry – with Kathryn O’Driscoll and Colin Hassard – 16 Sept

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

Tickets: £5 goes to Community Arts Partnership.

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This month’s headliners are: Kathryn O’Driscoll and Colin Hassard!

Kathryn O’Driscoll

Kathryn is a spoken word poet, writer and activist from Bath, England. She is the current U.K. slam champion and a World Slam Finalist. She talks openly about disabilities, mental health, LGBTQIA+ issues and joys and gender politics in her wide range of poems.

She has supported artists such as Shane Koyczan, Joelle Taylor and Danez Smith but is largely known for being the loudest person cheering in almost any audience.

Aside from performing poetry across the South West; she has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, Bath Festival, the Royal Albert Hall, Cheltenham Literary Festival, and on BBC Radio Bristol. She was one of the featured poets on the (BAFTA winning) Sky Arts spoken word TV show Life and Rhymes.

She has a first class degree in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University and her debut collection will be released by Verve Poetry Press in Spring 2022.

Colin Hassard

Colin is a poet from Banbridge. He was Runner Up in the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing 2018, short-listed for the Aurivo North West Words Poetry Competition 2019 and was joint winner of the 2020 Cursed Murphy Spoken Word Award. He has twice been Ulster Poetry Slam Champion as well as winning Belfast Culture Night, Belfast Book Festival Poetry and Belly Laughs Comedy Festival poetry slams.

Colin is regular poet on BBC Radio Ulster, and his work has been published in The Honest Ulsterman, Incubator Journal, Bangor Literary Journal, Headstuff and more. As well as performing his work on Sky One, Colin has also written commissioned work for radio and television, most notably for BBC Northern Ireland.

As well as supporting literary names such as Hollie McNish, Tony ‘Longfella’ Walsh and legendary punk-poet John Cooper Clarke, Colin has toured his own one-man show, and performed at major Irish festivals including Electric Picnic, Lingofest, Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Eastside Arts Festival, C.S. Lewis Festival, and the Belfast International Arts Festival.

Colin’s work is renowned for being though-provoking and inspiring, which led to him being selected as the Writer-in-Residence for the NI Human Rights Festival 2015. He is also the current Writer-in-Residence for the Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast.

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