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 founded and is curated 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 co curated by Limerick based Poet D’or Seifer.
Events are held Thursdays @ 8pm Irish time via zoom, guest Poets read @ 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 Events are not recorded to support Poets to read unpublished material without impacting future publishing possibilities.
NTTTBS is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and the Limerick Arts and Culture office.
Mick’s poems have been rejected by most of the finest magazines around though some of his poems have also been nominated for The Pushcart Prize (USA) and The Forward Poetry Prize (UK).His debut collection, “Deep Fried Unicorn”, was released in to the wild in 2015. His second collection when completed, will be launched on an unsuspecting public like a clown fired from a cannon. He has spent his pandemic time doing wild and reckless things with his hair.