Yes But Are We Enemies? diary #1 : Belfast - a beginning

An extraordinary beginning to the Yes But Are We Enemies? project in Ireland, the wonderful poets of Belfast couldn't have been more generous and hospitable, and enthusiastic, to us and the idea. Such a privilege to meet so many I have admired from afar in person, including Billy Ramsell, Ailbhe Darcy, Robert Maclean, Susan Tomaselli, Damian Smyth, and to be taken in so fully by the amazing young poets around the University and the Heaney Centre in Belfast like Manuela Moser, Stephen Sexton and Padraig Regan. After arriving and exploring the city a wee bit, I was taken in to a bookshop lock-in by Stephen Connolly who has created a real scene around the Lifeboat reading series before we headed to the Crescent Arts Centre. The readings were uniformly intense and generous, and the vibe, as so often is the case with Enemies, was really warm and cohesive, and carried on into the night after the poetry. Such a great way to begin our tour. 
Stephen Connolly & Stephen Sexton -
Padraig Regan & Manuela Moser -
Sophie Collins & Robert Maclean -
Caitlin Newby & Andy Eaton -
Tom Saunders & Lorcan Mullan -
Patrick Coyle & Ailbhe Darcy -
Sam Riviere & Christodoulos Makris -