Collage of magazine cut-outs depicting a muscular male-torso and hands around a plant. A cut-out of a scissors and the text "This is the end and the beginning" are arranged around the image.

Boxing Day

“Does it matter who listens? If they hear at all? I could speak the words to a skull in the woods. They could nest in the idle bone where a mind should be. They could sleep in a small thing that once was alive.”

Boxing Day is a 52-poem sequence by William Keohane. One poem for each week of the year. Each offers a fragmentary glimpse into the experience of gender transition. Taken together, the 52 poems present a narrative account of a year of change, apprehension, and grief. This event will question the relationship between reader and audience, the agency of autobiographical writing, the interpersonal scrutiny when existing in the world as a trans person.

Please join us at the Belltable, 69 O’Connell Street for Boxing Day by William Keohane on Wednesday 7 September 2022, 8-9pm. This event is free but booking is essential here.

About William Keohane

William (he/him) is a writer from Limerick. In 2021, he was shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award, received a Literature Bursary Award from the Arts Council of Ireland, and was one of ten poets selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions series. His poems have appeared in Poetry Ireland Review and Queering the Green, an anthology of post-2000 Queer Irish poetry. William holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Limerick, where he focused on non-fiction writing and the lyric essay. His essays have been published in British GQ, The Tangerine, Banshee literary journal, and his collection-in-progress was longlisted for Canongate’s 2021 Nan Shepherd Prize for Nature Writing.

William Keohane is Writer-in-Residence at Ormston House. Our Artists-in-Residence scheme (R&R Programme) is kindly supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.



Image: Tend to Bloom (2022) by El Reid-Buckley, courtesy of the artist.
This event is curated by Lauren McNamara and Gill McNamara as part of the Lime Tree Theatre | Belltable Young Curators Programme.
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