Frank Ormsby Readings

Frank Ormsby Readings

‘Ormsby has found his place and time in The Darkness of Snow.  Ecological and political, personal and historical, these are songs of reconciliation by a poet who was always, in fact, a generous maker of his own peace processes, and exceptionally wise in the art of being human.’ – Carol Rumens, PN Review


Northern Irish poet Frank Ormsby's retrospective Goat's Milk: New & Selected Poems, was published by Bloodaxe in 2015.  His latest collection The Darkness of Snow, which includes a sequence of poems about living with Parkinson's, was published by Bloodaxe on 28 September 2017.

Frank and singer/songwriter Anthony Toner have made a CD.  The Kiss of Light is available as a CD.  It includes eleven poems by Frank Ormsby,  read by the author, followed by eleven pieces of music by Anthony Toner written in response to the poems.  The music is performed by Anthony Toner (guitar), Neil Martin (cello), Linley Hamilton (trumpet). The poems are taken from Frank Ormsby's Bloodaxe titles Goat's Milk: New & Selected Poems and The Darkness of Snow.  More on the CD here.

Read a review of their event at The Strand Cinema, Belfast on 29 June in Folk & Tumble here.



Thursday 27 September 2018 (TBC),  Aspects Festival, Bangor, Co Down

Anthony and Frank will perform together at the Aspects Festival in Bangor, probably on Thursday 27th September.

Details to be posted in due course here.

Saturday 29 September 2018, Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen

Anthony and Frank will perform together at the Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen.

Details will be confirmed in due course.


Frank Ormsby and Anthony Toner will also perform in Brussels in December.  Details TBC.


Frank Ormsby was the Guest of Honour at the BBC Proms in the Park at Castle Coole, Nothern Ireland on 9 September 2017.  His work was celebrated and two poems from Goat's Milk: New & Selected Poems were read by actor Adrian Dunbar accompanied by specially composed music by Graeme Stewart performed by the Ulster Orchestra and harpist Richard Allen.

[04 July 2018]

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