Online ZOOM event

Register now with Eventbrite:

THE WORD, a reading series hosted by Sligo Library Service and the Writing + Literature BA course at IT Sligo.

Poetry Special with Linda Norton and Jane Robinson. In conversation with Jessamine O’Connor. Music with Clare Sands.

Linda Norton is the author of The Public Gardens: Poems and History (2011), a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Wite Out: Love and Work (2020), a memoir with poems that critics have called “a masterpiece” and “a gorgeous, courageous book.” Her poems, essays, and visual art are widely published and anthologized; in 2014 Dermot Healy chose her short memoir, “Pearl Paint”, for inclusion in the annual Fish Anthology. Norton’s collages appear on covers of books by Claudia Rankine and Julie Carr and have been exhibited at the Dock Arts Centre. She was a 2020 columnist at SFMoMA’s Open Space, where you can find her essays, collages, and photographs. She has worked as a publisher, editor, instructor, and guest writer at Harvard, Yale, University of California (Berkeley, Davis, and Riverside), Brown, San Francisco State University, and many other colleges and universities. She’s also worked in the labor movement, most recently as a tutor with Unite Here organizers and in the foster care children as a court advocate. In 2014 she received a Creative Work Fund grant and a William Dickey Fellowship and San Francisco State University. She’s been an artist in residence at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, the Lannan Foundation in Marfa, Texas, the Edna St. Vincent Millay Colony, and at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming. She currently teaches writing and literature online at IT Sligo in Ireland and lives in Oakland.

Books, SFMoMA Open Space essays, Reviews, Interviews, Events, Poems and Collages:

Jane Robinson is 2021 Writer-in-Residence for the Red Line Book Festival. Her first collection Journey to the Sleeping Whale was published by Salmon and received the 2019 Shine Strong Award; while her more recent poem cycle For the Atoll, concerning coral atolls and the legacy of arms testing at Bikini Atoll, arose in collaboration with composer Malachy Robinson and has been performed with the Far Flung Trio. She writes outdoors as much as possible, with a focus on biodiversity and local ecosystems. @J_SleepingWhale

Jessamine O’Connor, a student in IT Sligo’s Writing and Literature final year, will be moderating the Word. Jessamine has recently had her first poetry collection, Silver Spoon, published by Salmon Poetry.

Clare Sands is a passionate and alluring unique force in Irish music. A sixth generation fiddler and multi-instrumentalist creating an eclectic & energetic Folk sound rooted in Irish Traditional music, the remarkably versatile musician, composer, performer, and singer-songwriter is an unstoppable artist to be reckoned with. ‘An impassioned voice and musical genius on stage. A unique force in Irish music’ – Hotpress Magzine.

There will be a discussion following the reading. The popular open mic session will follow the post-reading interview.

Open Mic

The Open Mic will be Limited to three attendees of the ZOOM event, with three minutes per person.

If you are interested in performing in the Open Mic, please email [email protected], NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, 26TH OF October.

This event will be Streamed on Facebook on the night.

The Word is a collaboration between Sligo Central Library and the BA in Writing & Literature at IT Sligo. There is no charge for this event.

[email protected] / 0719111675