Belfast born and bred David Smylie, a graduate from QUB, has been reading his poetry at various venues around Ireland for longer than he cares to remember. His poetry has been published in numerous anthologies and publications. After retiring from teaching, he worked for the New Belfast Community Arts Initiative as a poetry facilitator in schools and also as a community poet in residence for South Belfast. A father to three grown up (well sort of!) children and now a grandfather, David lives in South Belfast where he minds other people’s dogs, tends his garden, listens to Tom Waits and pens the “odd” poem.