Official launch of new poetry collection taking place at Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre
Fri, May 06, 2022
Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre is thrilled to host the launch of Cholera Angel, a new book of poems by John Brown and James Hughes, on Saturday 21st May.
Members of the public are encouraged to attend the event as part of the Centre’s ongoing support for artists based in the Borough. The launch will begin at 7pm and is free to attend but booking is advised as places are limited.
John Brown is a poet and visual artist from Limavady and James Hughes has returned to Ballymena after spending time teaching photography in Istanbul.
This new collection was written during lockdown. The image of the ‘cholera angel’, from a cholera grave in Friar’s Bush cemetery, signals that the book aims to capture the strange mixture of isolation and hope, fragility and strength, the idea of life and death, sense of friendship and loss, that became heightened and acute during the pandemic.
Brown and Hughes have collaborated recently on books and photographic exhibitions such as Snow and the Istanbul Alphabet and both have a long and acclaimed track record in writing books, producing collections of poems and exhibiting visual art.
This excerpt below gives a glimpse of what to expect from Cholera Angel:
Short dream, brief breathe
The long time before birth
The long time after death
The ladder yet to receive a rung,
The one that will forget
An aching arch, instep.
You can book your place at the event here or ring 028 7776 0650.
For more information please visit www.roevalleyarts.com