The bombing of Air India Flight 182: A Canada/Ireland connection

Guest reading in Skibbereen, Ireland on June 22 titled History, Grief, Remembrance: the bombing of Air India Flight 182, June 23, 1985, a Canada/Ireland connection.

West Cork Art Centre
Image from the West Cork Art Centre

“This event at Uillinn will probe in these various ways “the central proposition that violence emits a continuing sonar, an echolocation that finds us, as citizens/individuals/people, and as a community/nation/gathering.”

Date: Monday 22 June, 2015
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Uillinn – West Cork Arts Centre
Free Event, Booking required
All welcome

I’ll also visit the Air India Memorial in Ahakista, Ireland to attend the 30th Anniversary memorial: there is a garden on the shores of the Sheep’s Head peninsula, a long stone wall carved with the names of the dead and a sundial sculpture… each year local Cork families and school children join returning Air India family members in a short service. One of my first Air India poems imagined this experience: “Flying across Canada to Ireland” and it is now embedded across the length of the book, children of air india.

Light Moves Film Festival in Limerick, Ireland

Light Moves Film Festival of Screendance

This August I had the great good fortune to travel to Ireland with Owen Underhill (Turning Point Ensemble) and collaborate with composer Jürgen Simpson and artistic director Tom Creed.  I’m sorry I’ll miss this fascinating film festival. For anyone in or interested in going to Limerick, Ireland:

Light Moves is Ireland’s first festival focusing specifically on screendance/dance film. It is a response to the vibrant and expanding field of screendance in Ireland and joins a range of similar initiatives internationally in providing a platform for new works and a forum for development and enquiry in this exciting area.”

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