I’ve got a few different wee gigs coming up over the next couple of weeks. They’re all very different and have given me some great opportunities/excuses to work with some really talented local writers and artists. I’m pretty excited about these events and would love to see a few friendly faces in the audience if anything here tickles your fancy.


Orpheus Project

Wednesday May 6th- 6pm

Art College, York Street

I’ll be reading a piece which I’ve written in response to the Orpheus Ballroom ahead of its demolition to facilitate the new Arts College building. I’ll be reading this piece as part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival’s final tour of the Orpheus. The guided tour will be facilitated by Mike Catto and will also include live music and a performance from the Belle Hoppers dance troupe.


Open Roads, Lost Highways

Friday May 8th – 8pm

Roe Valley Arts Centre

As part of the Steinbeck Festival, (apparently Steinbeck’s Granda hailed from Limavady originally), I’ll be giving a hybrid kind of lecture/reading on the theme of the road in American Literature. The wonderful John Hewitt Society have facilitated this event and I’m sharing the stage with Scott Jamison from the band Go Wolf, who’ll be playing a selection of covers of American road songs. Looking forward to road tripping down to Limavady for this. If you fancy attending, tickets are available from the Roe Valley Arts Centre website http://www.roevalleyarts.com


Writers on Writers

Thursday May 14th 3pm

Linenhall Library

As part of the Linenhall Library’s excellent Writers on Writers festival I’ll be taking part in a panel presentation on how to get your short stories published. I’ll be joined by two great local novelist/short story writers, Bernie McGill and Kelly Creighton and we’re hoping the session will be informative, practical and light-hearted. Please come along if you’re looking for some honest advice on how to get published or have any questions pertaining to the topic. The session is free but the Linenhall Library would greatly appreciate it if you could book your place in advance at http://www.linenhall.com


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