Chapbook Launch: Jenny Cleland and James Meredith

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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 (www.poetryni.com) as well as select bookstores in Northern Ireland (more details soon).

More details at the link below:

Pen Points Press: James Meredith

burnt offering by James Meredith & Paulina Popa

 

burnt offering / ardere de tot, a two poet collection by James Meredith (Ireland) & Paulina Popa (Romania), was published in February 2016 by Emia, Romania (www.emia.ro) in a bilingual (Romanian & English) hardback edition.

ISBN: 978-973-753-342-5.

The collection includes 10 poems from each poet. My poems are:

Sustenance 

(first published in ‘Lagan Press online: Poetry Originals’ Ireland)

Nesting

(first published in ‘Lagan Press online: Poetry Originals’ Ireland)

Ghosts

(first published in ‘Semne,’ Romanian Literary Journal)

After the Harvest

(first published in ‘Tellus,’ journal of the Classics Department of the University of Cambridge, England)

Autumn Landscapes

(first published in ‘Abridged: 0-13: Mara, Ireland)

Reunion.

Burnt Offering.

Hopper Revisited.

The Room.

Rapture.

 

My poems were translated into Romanian by Dr. Olimpia Iacob, and I co-translated Paulina Popa’s poems into English with her.

Cover photo of burnt offering / ardere de tot by John Baucher.

 

 

 

 

Shift #4: Revolution

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I have a poem, ‘Changes,’ published in Shift #4: Revolution.

Published 08/03/2016.

The fanzine can be purchased directly from SHIFT at events or from #CafeNervosa, in Derry, Northern Ireland, for £2.

It can also be purchased at #LittleAcornsBookstore, The Yellow Yard, Derry, for £2.50.

For online sales, prices may vary. Please contact littleacornsbookstore@yahoo.co.uk for details.

Poetry NI: Poems for Holocaust Memorial Day 2016

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I have a haiku sequence published in the online anthology Poems for Holocaust Memorial Day 2016, from Poetry NI.

27 January is the day for everyone to remember the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, and the millions of people killed by Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur. 27 January marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. Poetry NI marks Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 with the release of this online anthology of work by poets throughout the whole of Ireland, reflecting on issues that remain as poignant and as relevant today as ever.

A free pdf of the anthology can be downloaded at the link below:

Poems for Holocaust Memorial Day 2016

Further details on Poetry NI can be found at their website (link below):

www.poetryni.com