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Dawn Watson & Scott McKendry
The Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre

Friday 26 July | 11.15am | £10                         

Poetry Reading

Dawn Watson is a writer from Belfast. Her debut collection We Play Here (Granta Poetry) was a Guardian Poetry Book of the Year 2023 and was shortlisted for the John Pollard International Poetry Prize for an outstanding debut. It was described as an “extraordinary, game-changing narrative long poem” by Luke Kennard. Her pamphlet The Stack of Owls is Getting Higher was published by The Emma Press (2019). In 2022, Dawn graduated with a Poetry PhD at the Seamus Heaney Centre Queen’s University Belfast where she is now a lecturer in creative writing.

Scott McKendry is poet-critic and educator from North Belfast. His poems were published in The Poetry Review, The Stinging Fly, Virginia Quarterly Review and elsewhere. In 2019 he was won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award and his pamphlet, Curfuffle (Lifeboat Press), was selected by the Poetry Book Society for their Autumn Choice.He recently published first full poetry collection, GUB (Little, Brown, 2024) to high acclaim.

GUB is unlike anything I have ever read… exhilarating, hilarious…The most exciting poet to come out of the north of Ireland in years’ Louise Kennedy, author of Tresspasses.