Steafán Hanvey appearance for National Poetry Day

Poet and singer-songwriter Steafán Hanvey will mark National Poetry Day on 3 October with a free public appearance at the University of Kent’s Canterbury campus.

For this much-anticipated event, which is hosted by the University’s Conflict Analysis Research Centre (CARC), County Down-born Steafán will discuss his recently published and highly acclaimed collection Reconstructions – The Troubles in Photographs and Words. His readings from the book will be accompanied by many of the iconic images taken in Northern Ireland during some of its most difficult years by his father, the award winning County Fermanagh-born photographer Bobbie Hanvey.

Published by Merrion Press, Reconstructions pairs the poetry and photographs of father and son in a way that acts as ‘a timely reminder of just how futile and unnecessary internecine conflict really is’. It is also a ‘testament to the strength of and resilience of ordinary people living through extraordinary times’.

Between the late 1960s and the Good Friday Agreement of 1998 at least 3,500 people were killed and more than 47,000 injured as a result of the conflict in Northern Ireland.

The event, which takes place in Keynes Lecture Theatre 2 from 4pm – 6pm, is free and open to all.

Dr Nadine Ansorg, Lecturer in International Conflict Analysis and one of the organisers of the event, said: ‘In this period of increasing political turmoil and uncertainty, Steafán’s work is more timely than ever. It reminds us of the devastating effect the conflict in Northern Ireland had on its people and on the UK itself, and uncomfortably points to the dangers that a re-introduction of a hard border and a repetition of history might have for peace in the region.’

CARC is a multi-disciplinary Faculty Research Centre based in Kent’s School of Politics and International Relations. Among its aims it aspires to support creative approaches to the management and transformation of violent conflict, and to build partnerships with policy and practitioner communities with a view to connecting theory and practice.