Northern Irish poet and playwright DAMIAN GORMAN has been described as "Ireland's best-kept secret". His work has garnered many awards over the past 25 years, from a Better Ireland Award to an MBE; a Golden Harp to a BAFTA. His verse documentary for BBC 2 - Devices of Detachment - was hailed in the national press as "a television masterpiece", and Considerations, his recent series of online poems, was described by Neil Astley as "powerful, humane, moving - everything that video poetry should be".
But he says that, "for me - just for me - writing on its own isn't enough". And, as well as his own writing, he has worked for many years as an encourager of writing in other people and communities, especially in areas of conflict. This work has been recognised by, among others, the Commission for Racial Equality. He is also working on a large-scale community writing project here in Aberystwyth.
This evening, though, the accent will be on warmth and craic, as he reads poems and extracts from plays covering his career to date.
Damian rarely publishes his work, but is noted for his readings. And tonight should be something special.