Poetry & Place: Photographic interpretations of Louis MacNeice
by Allan LEONARD @NorthernSlant
25 July 2017
Women of the Ards peninsula worked with community artist, Jane McComb, to use photography not only to document social, maritime, and agricultural legacy of the area, but also to give interpretation to the writings of poet, Louis MacNeice (1907-1963), who is buried locally in Christ Church, Carrowdore.
This activity was part of the “Back to the Future” programme, facilitated by the Institute for Conflict Research, Belfast, which presented a selection of 30 images in a photographic exhibition, “Poetry & Place”, displayed as part of the recent John Hewitt Society’s annual international summer school at Market Place Theatre, Armagh.
In an audio interview, Janet McComb described the genesis of this project. Also, Sheilagh Rainey of the Peninsula Women’s Group explained how her participation “started something in me” and has encouraged her to keep writing prose and poetry:
The “Poetry & Place” exhibition is on display at the Market Place Theatre, Armagh, from 24 July – 2 September 2017.
The project received support from Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council; Ards and North Down Borough Council; the Community Relations Council; and the Victims and Survivors Service.