To Love This Body
To Love This Body, an evening curated by acclaimed Dublin poet Trudie Gorman, will showcase three women writers who explore themes of class, gender, and the body, with new work from Trudie Gorman, together with poetry from Sophie Meehan and Rosaleen McDonagh and music from special guest Lisa Gorry. Hosted by Poetry Ireland, this free event will take place in the beautiful surrounds of Belvedere House, Dublin City University, St. Patrick’s Campus, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 on the evening of Thursday 24th March.
Trudie says, “As a working-class and chronically ill writer I am interested in the spaces in which the personal and political meet. We live in a society which silences the voices of the poor and the ill. Class permeates our lived reality but is silenced in public discourse and this bleeds into the literary world. Many chronic illnesses are invisible, meaning the very embodied experience of them is unseen. Both working-class and sick writers are often refused the access others have to the arts and accessibility requirements they have for creating. I’m exploring the interconnection between these two lived experiences of inequality. It’s well documented that poverty impacts health; but what does this mean in an embodied lived experienced? What happens to a life when a sick society creates a sick body? While in recent years there has been a surge in non-fiction writing about chronic illness internationally, there is yet to be the same voices heard in poetry. A body of poetry exploring themes of illness and class is both timely and vital for those of us on the margins.”
Trudie will be reading from her debut poetry pamphlet, which she has written over the past year. A working-class writer from Dublin whose work explores the personal and political interplay between class, gender, and the body, Trudie has performed her poetry across Ireland and the UK and has published pieces in Poetry NI, Two Metre Review and The 32: An Anthology of Irish Working-Class Voices. Her work has also been broadcast on BBC Radio London.
Joining Trudie will be Sophie Meehan, a published poet and interdisciplinary artist from Dublin 8, who co-founded the Working-Class Writing Archive, and Dr. Rosaleen McDonagh, a Traveller woman with a disability who has written extensively within the framework of a Traveller feminist perspective. Music from Dublin-based artist Lisa Gorry, with her relatable lyrics, tender vocal tones and intimate performance style, will complete the evening.
To Love This Body is the culmination of Trudie Gorman’s New Work award supported by the Arts Council’s Arts and Disability Connect scheme managed by Arts & Disability Ireland.