Belfast Literature - October 2015

A round-up of the best literary events, readings and festivals taking place throughout the next month

James Fenton in Conversation with BBC NI's Marie-Louise Muir - October 10 at the Lyric Theatre - Book now

Belfast Festival is delighted to welcome back renowned poet, essayist, journalist, art critic and theatre reviewer, James Fenton for his first visit since 1993. The recipient of many awards, including Queen’s Medal for Poetry in 2007, Fenton’s career spans five decades, from his first Gregory Award-winning collection of 1972, Terminal Moraine to his most recent Yellow Tulips – Poems 1968-2011, published in 2012.

Of War and War's Alarms Launch - October 13 at 7pm at Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich - Book now

The poet, essayist and Professor of English Literature at Trinity College Dublin, Gerald Dawe will be speaking about his latest publication, Of War and War’s Alarms.

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Ireland's Call Launch - October 19 at 7pm at the Strand Arts Centre - Book now

Join critically acclaimed author Stephen Walker discussing his book, Ireland’s CallIreland’s Call follows the fascinating stories of 40 Irishmen who swapped the sports field for the battlefield – household names who gave up their careers to volunteer for war.

Using letters, memoirs and newspaper reports, the book is a fitting remembrance of those sportsmen whose lives were changed utterly in the cauldron of war.

Trio of Poets - October 21 at 1pm at the Ulster Hall - Book now

Spend a relaxing hour in the company of Olive Broderick, Paul Maddern and Kate Newman- three of Northern Ireland's most exciting contemporary poets.

The Long Gaze Back - October 22 at 6.30pm at Linen Hall Library - Book now

Belfast Festival welcomes four of Ireland’s most talented writers, who all appear in a new exciting publication. The Long Gaze Back, edited by Sinéad Gleeson (RTÉ, Irish Times), is an exhilarating anthology of thirty short stories by some of the most gifted women writers this island has ever produced.

In conversation with Sinéad will be Lucy Caldwell, Anne Devlin, Bernie McGill and Roisín O’Donnell, the four Northern representatives in this brilliant collection. Readings will be followed by a discussion of the magic and graft behind the making of a short story.

Of Mouth – Linen Hall Lunchtime Readings - October 23 at 1pm at Linen Hall Library

This popular series has its finger on NI’s poetic pulse. Organised with the Word of Mouth Poetry Collective, each event showcases up and coming talent. Guests include Judith Thurley, Kate Newman and Adam White.

Darren Anderson - Imaginary Cities - October 27 at 6pm at PLACE - Book now

Poet, editor and critic, Darran Anderson brings his prodigious new book Imaginary Cities to the Belfast Festival. Following in the lineage of Borges, Calvino, Chris Marker and Kenneth White, the book examines the city from global macrocosm to the microcosm of its inhabitants’ perspectives, rethinking the ideas of utopias and dystopias, urban exploration, alienation and resistance.

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Literary Lunchtime with Thomas Morris - October 28 at the Ulster Hall - Book now

Dublin-based author Thomas Morris has just released his debut story collection, We Don't Know What We're Doing.

John Hewitt Birthday Reading - October 28 at 8pm at the John Hewitt Bar - Book now

Hear readings from Griffin Poetry Prize-winner Michael Longley, Forward Prize-shortlisted poet Ciarán Carson and Erin Halliday, whose debut collection Pharmakon was published to critical acclaim this year.

Linen Hall Reading Group - October 29 at 1.10pm at Linen Hall Library

Everyone is welcome to come along and join in the discussion of the month’s chosen book. This month it is The Story of an African Farm by Olive Schreiner.