Daily Programme

The conference will open with a welcome event on Wednesday 30th Aug, 6.30-8pm.

The pre-conference workshops will take place on Wednesday 30th August.

On Sunday 3rd September the conference will end at 1pm.

Conference Programme

Gill O'Halloran is our ‘poet in residence’

Extract from ' Sea Life'

I feel my pincers crack and snap.
Feel their biramous, newly amorous grip
pull my drifting loved ones
in and under my smashed shell
like plankton. Come,
feed off my liver-belly lullabies.
  • Gill has been writing short stories and poems for many years.
  • She gained a distinction in the 'Craft of Writing' course run by Birkbeck University.
  • Her first poetry collection ‘This Seven Year Old Walks Into a Bar' pub.
  • Indigo Dreams Press was included in the top 20 individual collections of 2009 by The Small Press Poetry Awards.
  • In 2014 she was shortlisted for the Off the Stanza poetry prize.
  • She has lived experience of mental illness as a carer, and has run poetry workshops for carers, health service users, and the bereaved.