"Be ready to puncture that inner ear,
it is no longer needed.
Brace yourself for commotion."
- The longing of the bees, Siobhan Campbell
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Open-Eyed, Full Throated ( Arlen House/Syracuse University Press)
Featuring 5 new poems from Siobhán Campbell.
Open-Eyed, Full-Throated introduces forty-four distinct voices, exploring the complexity and nuance of Irish culture, language, and society. Most of these poets share an Irish heritage, and the matter of Ireland - its landscapes, its myths, its literary riches, its vexed colonial past, its recent sectarian Troubles, its sexual repressions, its economic tribulations, its ecological challenges, its increasing cultural diversity - permeate its pages. In poems of loss, outrage, exhilaration, contemplation, and humor, the writers collected here offer responses to Ireland that intrigue, satisfy, and sustain,
Research Methodologies For Auto/Biography Studies
The Women in Conflict Expressive Life Writing Project
With Meg Jensen, Siobhan Campbell
This chapter focuses on the collaborative development and delivery of the Women in Conflict Expressive Life Writing Project, which interrogates current best practice guidelines on the documentation and investigation of rights violations and suggests adaptations to existing protocols for interviewing survivors of sexual violence in conflict. The project aims to provide an ancillary approach to evidence-gathering that might move beyond “do no harm” by supporting recovery from traumatic experiences. Here, Jensen and Campbell reveal how the iterative is both generated by, and inscribed within, any project with storytelling or story-gathering at its core, leading to new insights about how truths are negotiated in practice-based settings.
Art at the Heart of the Penninsula
Institute for Conflict Research
“Art at the heart of the Peninsula” is a community-based engagement and participation programme addressing the Ards Peninsula’s shared and diverse history of migration and immigration. Aimed at fostering social inclusion peace and reconcilliation, over 18 months the 75 participants have engaged in cross community and cross border initiatives aimed at developing understanding and communication between residents. They explore the area’s diverse social history learning about its significant contribution to Kindertransport, Polish Air Squadrons, Kelp Farming, Straw Hat Making, Life boat Rescues and the Viking and Norman heritage. A sustainable legacy of the programme is the creation of six pieces of public art with visual artists Eleanor Wheeler and Alan Cargo and writers Frank Ormsby, Jan Carson, Kathleen McCracken, Siobhan Campbell ( pictured here with here bench in Longferry), Paul Maddern and Maureen Boyle for placing in the villages of Millisle, Ballywalter/Ballyhalbert, Greyabbey, Kircubbin, Portaferry and Donaghadee.
Longboat at Portaferry is now also selected for inclusion in the anthology Places of Poetry
To hear a reading of the poem within the NVTV programme about the project click here.
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