Pádraig Ó Tuama in conversation with Michael Leunig
Aug 14 @ 7:00 pm

Join us in the Black Box for a one-time special conversation with the extraordinary Australian artist Michael Leunig.

Michael Leunig is an Australian cartoonist, writer, painter, philosopher and poet who has been declared a living national treasure in his own country.

Michael Leunig is an Australian cartoonist, writer, painter, philosopher and poet. His commentary on political, cultural and emotional life spans fifty years and has often explored the idea of an innocent and sacred personal world. The fragile ecosystem of human nature and its relationship to the wider natural world is a related and recurrent theme.His approach is regressive, humorous, messy, mystical,primal and vaudevillian – producing work which is open to many interpretations and has been widely adapted in education, music, theatre, psychotherapy and spiritual life.


Photographer- Sam Cooper




Slam Filíochta Liú Lúnasa / Liú Lúnasa’s Poetry Slam
Aug 23 @ 8:30 pm

Slam Filíochta Liú Lúnasa / Liú Lúnasa’s Poetry Slam

£15 le páirt a ghlacadh ann | £15 to participate

Cláraigh ar Eventbrite | Register on Eventbrite

Bean an Tí / MC : Sinéad Ní Uallacháin

Moltóirí / Judges : Séamus Barra, Réaltán Ní Leannáin, Seán Ó Muireagáin

Tá Slam Filíochta Liú Lúnasa ar ais den tríú bliain as a chéile, ach an uair seo beidh nuashaothar na nGael le cloisteáil i gcroílár na cathrach. Chun páirt a ghlacadh sa chomórtas, ní mór duit dán úrchumtha a bheith agat de ghlanmheabhair agus é a rá i lár an tslua ar an oíche. Tá líon na spásanna d’iomaitheoirí teoranta, mar sin cuir d’áit in áirithe go luath.

Liú Lúnasa’s poetry slam is back for the third year in a row, but this time we’re taking it to the heart of Belfast city. To take part in the competition, you must have a newly composed poem off by heart and recite it from amongst the crowd on the night. A limited number of spaces is available for contestants, so book your place early!

Buaiteoir / Winner : Electric Picnic ticket & £500

2na hÁit / 2nd Place : £300

3ú hÁit / 3rd Place : £100

Lemn Sissay- My Name is Why: A Memoir
Sep 13 @ 7:30 pm

My Name is Why
In Conversation with Lemn Sissay

Approx 1 hour – 40 minutes reading & 20 minutes Q&A

This is Lemn’s life story: a story of neglect and determination, misfortune and hope, cruelty and triumph.

Lemn Sissay will be reading from his new Memoir, reflecting on a childhood in care, self-expression and Britishness, and in doing so exploring the institutional care system, race, family and the meaning of home

Infused with all the lyricism and power you would expect from one of the nation’s best-loved poets, this moving, frank and timely event is the result of a life spent asking questions, and a celebration of the redemptive power of creativity.

To celebrate the publication of My Name is Why: A Memoir by Lemn Sissay. Published by Canongate Books.


Lemn Sissay MBE is a poet, playwright and broadcaster. He has read poetry all over the world and was awarded an MBE for services to literature. He is the Chancellor of The University of Manchester and was the first poet commissioned to write for the London Olympics. He is a regular contributor to radio and TV and a prolific speaker, inspiring audiences on a daily basis across the globe.

Stephen James Smith & Tony Walsh
Oct 2 @ 8:00 pm


The Black Box is delighted to present Stephen James Smith & Tony Walsh

Stephen James Smith is a Dublin poet and playwright central to the rise of the vibrant spoken word scene in Ireland today. His poetry videos have amassed over 2.5 million views.

In 2017 he was commissioned by St. Patrick’s festival to write a new poem as a “Celebratory Narrative” of Ireland. The resultant piece ‘My Ireland’ is accompanied by a short film which has been viewed over 300,000 times and was screened at the London film festival.

In 2018 he was commissioned by Dublin stadium sponsor Aviva to write a poem to highlight the recent rugby final between England & Ireland on Paddy’s day. The poem entitled “Bring it Home” chalked up over 750,000 views across the weekend – and Ireland won!

Stephen has performed at high profile events & venues such as Electric Picnic, other voices, The National Concert Hall in Dublin, The Barbican in London, Vicar Street & the London Palladium (alongside Oscar winner Glen Hansard); The Oscar Wilde Awards in Los Angeles, Glastonbury Festival and many more.

Stephen facilitates poetry workshops in schools around Ireland and is artist in residence with Dunamaise arts centre & Laois arts office. His poetry is included on the syllabus at Western Connecticut State University and his work has been translated into multiple languages.

His debut collection “Fear Not”, published by Arlen House, was launched in September 2018 in Dublin at Poetry Ireland on Parnell Square.


Forget what you imagined a poetry night could be and expect belly-laughs, tears and everything in between from this stunning, big-hearted performer who often leaves audiences on their feet, dazzled and breathless.

“Now a national hero” (The Guardian) having “stunned millions of people” (Huffington Post) with his iconic performance in Manchester in May 2017, international audiences are quickly discovering what has been an open secret for well over a decade: an evening with Tony Walsh is a rip-roaring rock and roller-coaster ride from a profoundly inspiring artist at the very top of his game.

Tony’s performance will including brand new and little heard poems from his eagerly awaited new collection, WORK | LIFE | BALANCE alongside some much-loved audience favourites. Tony’s poems have had over five million views online in 2018 alone.

Tony will be available for book signings after the show.


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