'Getting Started, Keeping Going': Emerging Voices

Seamus Heaney HomePlace

45 Main Street, Bellaghy
Co. Londonderry
BT45 8HT

A poetry reading with Matthew Rice, Shannon Kelly, Scott McKendry and Caitlin Newby, introduced by Damian Smyth.

‘Getting started, keeping going, getting started again – in art and in life, it seems to me this is the essential rhythm not only of achievement but of survival’  Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney was always a keen supporter and champion of new and emerging poets and in this special event we are delighted to welcome four of the brightest new poetic voices currently based in Northern Ireland and Ireland and working towards their debut collections.

Caitlin Newby was born in Los Angeles. She has had poems and translations published in AmbitOxford Poetry, and Poetry Ireland Review and is the poetry editor of The Tangerine 

Scott McKendry is currently studying towards a PhD in poetry at Queen’s University, Belfast. His work was included in the future always makes me so thirsty: New Poets from the North of Ireland (2016) and his poems have also been published in The NorthThe Tangerineand Poetry Ireland Review.

Shannon Kelly’s writing and translation have appeared in Poetry Ireland ReviewCrannog and The Irish Times. She was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series 2018, and was named one of the 50 best new Irish and British Poets in the same year. She was the 2016 winner of the Allingham Festival poetry competition and holds an MA in Creative Writing from NUI Galway.

Matthew Rice was born in Belfast. His poems have appeared on both sides of the Atlantic, featuring in Poetry Ireland ReviewThe Tangerine and in the anthology The Best New British and Irish Poets 2017 (Eyewear), edited by Luke Kennard. He was awarded runner-up in the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing 2017, and selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series 2017.

This will be a chance to catch these talented poets at the start of their burgeoning careers, introduced by writer and poet Damian Smyth.


90 minutes approximately

Entrance Fee

£8.00 adult