Alan Titley gives a deeply-considered, powerful reading on a range of socially-engaged issues.
David Kinloch ranges across Paris, Scots, loneliness, gay difference, female sensibility, doubt and painting – in a richly allusive style plumbing the ‘Old Alliance’ of things and words – before ending with a suite of Lockdown poems, recording the strange irony of its ‘touching gifts’, ‘simple pleasure‘ and ‘heartwood’, whereby ‘we learn our meanings from the words we have already used’.
Virtual Crossways 2021 followed on from the Crossways Festivals of 2018 and 2019, which were staged in Glasgow and which featured writers and performers in Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Scots and English. The particular aim of Crossways is to foster and expand literary links across the North Channel.
In 2021, it brought together Irish writers from across the island of Ireland, together with their Scottish peers, underscoring the longstanding contribution of Irish people, history, language, culture and writing to both Glasgow and the Scottish nation.
Virtual Crossways 2021 was sponsored and organised by Irish Pages/Duillí Éireann. It received financial support from the Government of Ireland Emigrant Support Programme, Foras na Gaeilge, Colmcille, and Bòrd na Gàidhlig.
For more, visit www.crosswaysfestival.org.