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. NTTTBS is curated 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 co curated by 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 Events are not recorded to support Poets to read unpublished material without impacting future publishing possibilities.
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 and the Irish Arts Council.
Morag Anderson is an emerging Scottish poet based in Highland Perthshire. The relationship between land, sea, and people influences her writing. Her poetry has appeared in Popshot Quarterly, Skylight 47, Finished Creatures, Fly on the Wall, and The Scotsman as well as several anthologies. She was placed third in The Blue Nib Chapbook VI, shortlisted for the Bridport Poetry Prize 2019, won Over the Edge New Poet and the Clochoderick Poetry Prize. As part of Hamish Matters, she performed at StAnza Poetry Festival 2020. She is a member of the poetry collective, Poets Abroad