Family EventsTalks

  • 11 Oct
  • 7:30pm - 9:30am
  • All Welcome
  • Free

Abridged is an ongoing Derry-Londonderry based project, coordinated by Gregory McCartney with assistance from Susanna Galbraith, with an international network of readers and contributors. It integrates poetry and visual art and publishes three themed magazines a year. It aims to provide a platform for spotlighting important contemporary issues, their edges and their shadows, and mapping them onto motifs of human nature and culture, the particular onto the general.

Abridged is approaching its 15th birthday. In celebration we host an evening lineup of poetry by fresh and vital voices coming out of Ireland and Northern Ireland right now. This is also a rare opportunity to pick up free back copies of Abridged past issues, including limited copies of the infamous 0 – 22: Nostalgia is a Loaded Gun issue.


Gail McConnell

Gail McConnell is from Belfast and her debut poetry pamphlet is Fourteen (Green Bottle Press, 2018). Ciaran Carson said of the pamphlet, ‘Gail McConnell’s poems about creatures—worm, narwhal, octopus, curlew—remind us, in their metamorphic strategies, that we are all creatures of one kind or another, who can embody and transform ourselves and each other through language… There are echoes of Francis Ponge in Gail McConnell, and of Marianne Moore, but she is very much her own person in her emotional range. Poems that deal with issues of the utmost gravity—matters of life and death—nevertheless display a rueful lightness of touch. Fourteen is a seriously entertaining sequence of things.’ Gail won the Ink Sweat & Tears Pamphlet Competition and will publish a second pamphlet in 2019, exploring what queerness does to parenthood, and what parenthood does to queerness. She is working on a book which features ‘Type Face’, a long poem published in Blackbox Manifold. Her poems have appeared in PN ReviewThe Manchester Review past simple and The Tangerine. She is the author of Northern Irish Poetry and Theology (Palgrave, 2014) and co-editor of The Irish Review. Twitter: @gfmcconnell

Ciarán O’Rourke

Ciarán O’Rourke was born in 1991 and is based in Dublin. He has won the Lena Maguire/Cúirt New Irish Writing Award and the Fish Poetry Prize. His first collection, The Buried Breath, is forthcoming from Irish Pages Press.

Niall McCabe

Niall McCabe, originally from Derry, has many influences, ranging from John Clare, Christopher Smart and T.S. Eliot to contemporary poets Yusef Komunyakaa, Harmony Holiday and CA Conrad. His poems explore themes of spiritual identity, memory, and journeys into his personal narrative. McCabe, poetry is a cemetery of myriad pasts, which he attempts to exhume in order to poeticise a particular present and make factual a fable of possible futures. His writing has featured in various publications, including Abridged, The Attic, The Belleville Park Pages, The Bohemyth, The Columbia Review, Icarus, and Trinity Journal of Literary Translation.

Susanna Galbraith

Susanna Galbraith is from Belfast. She studied English at Trinity College Dublin and Art History at York. She has been assisting with Abridged since her teens and remains the Editorial Writer and Project Assistant, and also currently serves as an Editor at Eborakon magazine. Receiving an Arts Council NI SIAP award in 2016 for an ongoing poetry project, her most recent poems have been featured in issues of Abridged, The Tangerine, The Lonely Crowd, The Pickled Body, The Penny Dreadful, The HU, and are forthcoming in the York Literary Review. Twitter @susannaalice

Anna Walsh

Anna Walsh is from Mullingar, and has published poetry in Poethead, the Bohemyth, the Honest Ulsterman and others. They have fiction forthcoming with Fallow Media and are working on their first novel.