Many thanks to everyone who performed, attended and supported our event, The Sailor and The Oar, on the Belfast Barge. It was a wonderful night of poems, stories and song offered in the round. The evening also raised funds for a new development project, Powerlines, which will explore social and political power systems.
There was a sailor whose life was the sea.
He understood the tides and currents and his muscles were accustomed to the pull on the sail ropes and the heft of the oars.
Then, one day, he stood on the shore with his back to the sea. He lifted an oar and slung it over his shoulder, and he headed in-land. He continued to journey until the day on which someone hailed him and said ‘whatever is that thing you have on your shoulder?’ and he knew he had travelled far enough.