Town Chambers/NUMU (venue tba)

1.45pm to 2.30pm

Irish Arts & Writers Festival features Bullets into Bells contributor Tess Taylor, and readings and conversation with our poets from Northern Ireland.

Focused intensively on the crisis of gun violence in America, this volume brings together poems by dozens of best-known poets, including Billy Collins, Brenda Hillman, Robert Hass, Juan Felipe Herrera, Mark Doty, Rita Dove, and Yusef Komunyakaa.

Each poem is followed by a response from a gun violence prevention activist, political figure, survivor, or concerned individual, including Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jody Williams; Senator Christopher Murphy; Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts; survivors of the Columbine, Sandy Hook, Charleston Emmanuel AME, and Virginia Tech shootings; and Samaria Rice, mother of Tamir, and Lucy McBath, mother of Jordan Davis.

The result is a strong collection of poems and prose that speaks directly to the heart, and a persuasive testament to the need for gun control.