Join Pen Points Press at the Belfast Book Festival for our inaugural launch as we reveal our first three poetry releases:
'Slumberland' by Ross Thompson;
'Quick Succession' by Geraldine O'Kane;
and a broadside from Christopher McLaughlin.
Pen Points Press is an independent poetry micropress, based in Belfast. It aims to showcase the best new writing from poets within Northern Ireland. For more info, please see: http://www.poetryni.com/pen-points-press.html
About our poets:
ROSS THOMPSON has been writing in one form or another for years. His output includes a PhD on The Beat Poets and the dozens of articles he filed while working as a freelance journalist. He currently teaches English and performs regularly at various literary events. He lives in Bangor with his family and mischievous dog. He was the overall winner of the FSNI National Poetry Competition 2013, for his poem 'Icarus'.
GERALDINE O'KANE is originally from County Tyrone. She has been writing poetry since her teens, and has had numerous poems published in journals, e-zines and anthologies. Her poetry is mostly inspired by observation, and the state of the human condition. She specialises in micropoetry. She is curating her second exhibition in this year's Belfast Book Festival, using art, dance and music to interpret poetry through a chain of artists.
CHRISTOPHER MCLAUGHLIN was born and grew up in Strabane, Co. Tyrone. He went to Manchester University and later lived for some time in Chepstow, South Wales. He has been back living in Belfast since 2011. His poem 'Frankel', was shortlisted in the Yorkshire Mix Poetry Festival Competition, and his work has been frequently well received within the Belfast area. Within his work you can expect to find a trinity of cultural influences: Irish, British and American.