A Silent War: Interview with Ray Givans (Blackout)

Details

Location

East Belfast

Year

2021

Date

Production 14/05/2021

Length

13min 10sec

Audio

sound

Format

Digital

colour

Source

Northern Ireland Screen's Digital Film Archive

Courtesy

Department for Communities

Rights Holder

Northern Ireland Screen, Ross Thompson

It is illegal to download, copy, print or otherwise utilise in any other form this material, without written consent from the copyright holder.

Description

Writer Ray Givans talks about collaborating with Ross Thompson on  A Silent War

Notes

A Silent War began as a series of poems written during the first COVID-19 lockdown in 2020. What poet, Ross Thompson has created is a new kind of war poetry, encountering the existential threat posed by the virus as previous generations would have responded to military conflicts. 

Ross Thompson invited other poets and writers to collaborate with him by making recordings of this suite of poems, reaching out at a time when Coronavirus, and the rules which were created to contain it, were creating a profound sense of disconnection for many people. Writers recorded poems in their own home and these recordings were shared online to raise funds for Cruse Bereavement Care.

Credits

Interviewee: Ray Givans

Interviewed by Michael MacBroom on zoom. 

Poetry by Ross Thompson

A Silent War Creative Producers: Sinéad Bhreathnach-Cashell & Ann Donnelly

Funded by the Department for Communities through Northern Ireland Screen

 

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