Reluctant Engagement

The Gallery Wine & Tapas Bar Sun Oct 27th, 4.30pm

A reading and exhibition celebrating the results of a project that explored fragile relationships, poetry, nature, photography and gestural images, facilitated by artist and renowned haiku poet Mary White and featuring fellow poet Roberta Beary’s ‘Reluctant Engagement’ cycle of haiku.

The trust between a person, their family and the special professionals they engage when using disability services is an essential but fragile component in the relationship they share. As part of a project called ‘Reluctant Engagement’, Clan Beo invited those involved to create simple gestural images (haiga) to respond to Beary’s one-breath poems (haiku) that were inspired by the stories that explore the fragility of these relationships.

The poems and images that surfaced as part of this process are celebrated at this event in the Gallery Wine & Tapas Bar on Brewery Place.

The afternoon will include some readings from the ‘Reluctant Engagement’ cycle of poems and the launch of a special limited-edition pamphlet that features haiku poems and haiga images from the project.

Clan Beo is a Westport-based organisation that promotes respectful social inclusion for people with disabilities.