Duration 60 Mins

Beginning as a series of poetry readings on a Dutch barge moored in Belfast, The Lifeboat Press has been publishing poetry in small pamphlets for almost a decade. They will be launching two new publications by poets Miriam Gamble and Simon Costello, accompanied by short readings from their new work.

Author Biographies

Simon Costello’s poems are published in The Poetry Review, Bath Magg, The London Magazine, New England Review, The Moth, Southward, The Stinging Fly, The Rialto, Banshee, Magma, The Irish Times, The North, and The Tangerine. In 2021, he was awarded The Rialto Nature and Place Poetry Prize and awarded the 2023 Southward Editor’s Poetry Award from Munster Literature Centre and runner-up in the 2023 Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award. A pamphlet of poems, Saturn Devouring, is due from The Lifeboat Press in 2024. His debut poetry book Antichrist will be published in 2025. He lives in Co. Offaly. 

Miriam Gamble has published three books of poems with Bloodaxe Books: The Squirrels Are Dead (2010), Pirate Music (2014) and What Planet (2019). What Planet won the 2020 Pigott Poetry Prize; Miriam has also received the Somerset Maugham Award (for The Squirrels Are Dead), an Eric Gregory Award, the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize and the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary Award. Originally from Belfast, she’s lived in Scotland since 2010 and is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh. Little Acts of Vigilance, published by The Lifeboat, is her first essay collection.

Event Location

MacNeill’s Pub, The Hardiman Hotel

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The ground floor is step free via the main entrance via a ramp and a double door with a small ramp. There are accessible toilet facilities on the ground floor. The Oyster Bar is step free via a double door with a small ramp. There are accessible toilet facilities on this level. MacNeill’s Pub is step free from the internal entrance. This is accessed from the lobby to the lower floor, through a door, down a ramp and through another door. There are no accessible toilet facilities on this level.
There are four accessible parking spaces on Eyre Square outside the Bank of Ireland, 5 minutes from the venue at the opposite end of Eyre Square.

There is no Loop system. HEPA filter will be in use