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In this section you can meet the poets who contribute to the Dundonald Art Corridor. All our poets are voluntary artists, meaning they do poetry in their spare time and are not paid for it. However, if you like their work, there are opportunities to buy, commission or to follow them. Thanks for supporting voluntary art!

Roy Kirkwood | our Poet in Residence

Roy appeared one day on the DAC Facebook group with a poem. We loved it and he got a great reaction. It turns out Roy loves writing poetry in his spare time, so another poem followed, then another. He fast became a favourite feature on the group with his running commentary on the world through verse. So we asked him to become our first ever Poet in Residence … and the rest is history.

Goto Roy’s page here

Read our interview with Roy here

If you would like to connect with Roy or get involved with poetry in any way then get in contact – we’d love to hear from you!


Dundonald Young Poet of the Year 2019

We were delighted to crown Jack the ‘Dundonald Young Poet of the Year 2019’.

We had loads of fantastic entries, but Jack’s observations about the world around him here in Dundonald resonated with the judges.

Part of the prize was for Jack’s poem to be the first poem to be painted up in Poetry Corner in The Street Gallery | Church Road | Dundonald.

Sinead Morrissey, Belfast’s first poet laureate, wrote this about Jack’s poem:

This is a poem full of energy and detail, which captures the sense of being in-between (“as we grow and shrink and grow a bit more”) in both the person speaking and the place being described. A homage to transitoriness, and yet affirming nonetheless.