Fred Johnston was born in Belfast in 1951 and educated there and Toronto, Canada. He is the recipient of Hennessy Literary Awards for poetry and prose. He has published eight collections of poetry, four novels and two volumes of short stories. He has received awards from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and The Art Council of Ireland.His most recent collection of poetry,‘Rogue States,’ was published from Salmon Poetry in 2019.
Not the time to be silent’, is an online Arts response to social distancing in the form of a weekly guest Poetry reading + open mic event and a Facebook community group. The first event was on March 20 2020. NTTTBS was set up by Siobhan Potter, a Limerick based artist and writer whose practice documents experience. Now more than ever we need to write and gather and be heard. NTTTBS is co organised by Limerick based Poet, D’or Seifer.
Events are held Thursdays at 8pm Irish time via zoom, guest Poets read at 8pm, for up to 15 minutes, followed by the open mic. The zoom door opens at 7.45pm for the open mic sign up, each open mic slot is for up to 3 poems in under 5 minutes.There is no charge to attend, and it is open to readers and audience regardless of location. All are welcome, to read or listen at the open mic. Events are not recorded to support Poets to read unpublished material without impacting future publishing possibilities.
Access to events is through joining the ‘not the time to be silent’ Facebook group. Further details are in the group about and announcements sections.
NTTTBS is supported by the Limerick Arts and Culture office