Poetry & Place: Photographic interpretations of Louis MacNeice

Poetry & Place: Photographic interpretations of Louis MacNeice
by Allan LEONARD for Northern Slant
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, Jane 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:

Jane McCOMB interviewed by Allan LEONARD. Poetry & Place exhibition, Market Theatre, Armagh, Northern Ireland.

NOTES

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.

PHOTOS

Portrait. Portaferry. © Jane McCOMB; Nature Morte (Louis MacNEICE): “And, by photographing our ghosts, claims to put us at ease.” Poetry and Place exhibition. Market Place Theatre, Armagh, Northern Ireland. @The_JHS #JHISS @MrUlster

The Fishermen of Portaferry. Portaferry. © Jane McCOMB; Train to Dublin (Louis MacNEICE): “And I give you the sea.” Poetry and Place exhibition. Market Place Theatre, Armagh, Northern Ireland. @The_JHS #JHISS @MrUlster

The Old School House. Kearney Village © Jane McCOMB; Postscript to Iceland (Louis MacNEICE): “Great blackbirds that fly alone, Slowly through a land of stone.” Poetry and Place exhibition. Market Place Theatre, Armagh, Northern Ireland. @The_JHS #JHISS @MrUlster

Slans Graveyard. Ballywalter. © Elaine McFEETERS; Cradle Song for Eleanor (Louis MacNEICE): “Sleep, my darling, sleep.” Poetry and Place exhibition. Market Place Theatre, Armagh, Northern Ireland. @The_JHS #JHISS @MrUlster

Remembering. Ballywalter. © Sheilagh ARMSTRONG; Autumn Journal (Louis MacNEICE): “Sleep, my fathers, in your graves.” Poetry and Place exhibition. Market Place Theatre, Armagh, Northern Ireland. @The_JHS #JHISS @MrUlster

Our Childhood Home. Millisle. © Jane McCOMB; Round the Corner (Louis MacNEICE): “Round the corner was always the sea. Our childhood.” Poetry and Place exhibition. Market Place Theatre, Armagh, Northern Ireland. @The_JHS #JHISS @MrUlster

A Sense of Place. Photographs by the Peninsula Women’s Group. Poetry and Place exhibition. Market Place Theatre, Armagh, Northern Ireland. @The_JHS #JHISS @MrUlster

Bagpipe Music (Louis MacNEICE). Poetry and Place exhibition. Market Place Theatre, Armagh, Northern Ireland. @The_JHS #JHISS @MrUlster

Peninsula Women’s Group. Poetry and Place exhibition. Market Place Theatre, Armagh, Northern Ireland. @The_JHS #JHISS @MrUlster

Republished at Northern Slant.

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