So, this is the fourth of the five worldwide WINTER FESTIVAL offerings! ÓBhéal’s new hybrid Winter Warmer poetry and poetry film festival is happening on the 26th–28th November in beautiful Cork. I went a few years ago when my film of Lucy English’s poem Mr Sky was shown, and I would highly recommend it to anyone. This time there are 30 poets both live and online, poetry workshops, music, a filmed poetry play, and other discussions and sessions. I REALLY LIKE this new format and think it will be very successful over the coming years, so hats off to festival director Paul Casey. Their programme is so inviting I have included a link to it here 9thWinterWarmerProgramme
An Earth Song is a multilingual poetry collaboration produced by Good Day Cork, creators of the multilingual prose and poetry gatherings Many Tongues of Cork.
Tina Pisco, the first Writer-in-Residence @ Cork City Libraries facilitated a multilingual writing group of six people who worked together for several months to create An Earth Song. These writers include Cinthya Torrez Quispe, Claudia Maria Zedda, Dr. Lekha Menon Margassery, Nqobizitha Vella, Cecilia Gamez and Anja Bakker. The group discussed feelings, reactions, hopes, and fears related to climate change, as well as how our multilingual backgrounds influence how we express ourselves.
The prize-giving for the shortlisted films and prizewinner will be screened on the Sunday, whilst a selection of poetry films from Ireland will be screened on the Saturday. My tip for the winning film might well be Janet Lees, but don’t tell anyone.