Thirty Northern Irish poems for National Poetry Month


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Flattered to be included in ‘Thirty Northern Irish poems for National Poetry Month’ from Lagan Press.

Thirty Northern Irish poems for National Poetry Month


Review: burnt offering / ardere de tot by Paulina Popa & James Meredith

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A review of the poetry collection burnt offering / ardere de tot by myself & Paulina Popa (Emia, February 2016), written by Romanian poet & critic Elisabeta BOGĂŢAN, has been published in the Literary journal Poezia.

The review, in Romanian, can be read at the link below:

Elisabeta BOGĂŢAN – Imanent şi transcendere



Chapbook: a wine cup with base

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“However gifted and accomplished a man may be, there is something lacking if he does not pursue the art of love. He is like a precious wine cup without a base.” 

From Essays in idleness by Yoshida Kenkō, 1330—1332.

a wine cup with base by James Meredith

A collection of 120 haiku, senryū & tanka.

Published 18/08/16 by Pen Points Press, Belfast.

Price: £5

Cover illustration and author photograph by William Simpson.

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Chapbook Launch: Jenny Cleland and James Meredith


Date: 18th August 2016

Time: 1900 

Venue: Crescent Arts Centre, 2-4 University Road, Belfast, BT7 1NH

Poetry NI is delighted to announced that we will be releasing two new chapbooks from James Meredith and Jenny Cleland through our Pen Points Press imprint, come join in their celebrations, hear a few poems and have a glass of wine or two on us!

James Meredith: a wine cup with base

James Meredith’s stories & poems have been published in Ireland, the UK, Europe & the USA, including The Stinging Fly, Abridged, The Honest Ulsterman, The Incubator Journal, Lagan Press Poetry Originals, 34th Parallel, A Hundred Gourds, FourXFour Poetry Journal, Tellus & Black and Blue amongst others.

A collection of his poetry, drawers of sand, was published in July 2014 alongside Romanian poet Laurian Lodoaba by Editura Tempul (Romania) in a bilingual edition. burnt offering, a two poet collection with Romanian poet Paulina Popa, was published in February 2016 by Emia Press, Romania. He is a past winner of the Brian Moore Short Story Award, and author of three short plays, Shadow & Light: a monologue ( LunchBox Theatre), Don’t Get Me Wrong (part of ‘Arrivals’ from Terra Nova Productions), & Secrets (part of ‘Arrivals 2’ from Terra Nova Productions).

Jenny Cleland: Belonging to Myself

Jenny Cleland was a student of LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) from a young age. She studied English at Queen’s University and later completed a PGCE in English with Media and Drama at Canterbury Christ Church University College. She currently lives in County Down and teaches English to the migrant community.

Jenny has read at the Belfast Arts Festival and Culture Night Belfast for the last four years. She is the winner of the 2016 Belfast Book Festival Poetry Slam, having twice been a finalist in previous years, as well as a two-time finalist in the Belfast heat of the All Ireland Poetry Slam. Jenny has headlined A Little of What You Fancy in Portrush, as well as performing in the Poetry and Pints Festival 2014 in the John Hewitt Bar, the Sunday Assembly, Sunflower Fest, Stendhal Festival, and is a regular reader at Purely Poetry’s open mic nights.

Free event
Copies of chapbooks on the night £5 each
Wine will be served.

[Photo of James Meredith by William Simpson]

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Chapbook to be published in August 2016

James Meredith by William Simpson

Photo credit: William Simpson


I’m delighted to announce that my first chapbook, a wine cup with base, will be published by Pen Points Press in August 2016.

A collection of 120 interlinked tanka, haiku & senryu, a wine cup with base tells the story of a love affair across four seasons.

With a cover illustration by acclaimed comic book & storyboard artist William Simpson (Game of Thrones, Judge Dredd, Vamps, Transformers, Hellblazer and much more), the chapbook will be available to purchase from the Poetry NI website ( as well as select bookstores in Northern Ireland (more details soon).

More details at the link below:

Pen Points Press: James Meredith