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Mary Ann McCracken was a remarkable abolitionist, philanthropist and social reformer. To mark Mary Ann’s birth, and in recognition of her own cultural endeavours, the Foundation have engaged renowned poets Ruth Carr and Raquel McKee to explore Mary Ann’s life and contemporary relevance through poetry.

The audience will hear recitals of original works and have the opportunity to contribute to discussions between poems. This is set to be a fascinating event offering not only an insight in to the past, but also the issues that we face in society today. All this through a medium much beloved by Mary Ann McCracken herself!

The event will be hosted online, via Zoom, with all proceeds from ticket sales will support the North Belfast Post-Primary School Bursary Scheme, set up by the Foundation. Please click here for more information on the scheme.

Zoom codes will be sent out prior to the event.



Ruth Carr
Ruth is a poet, editor and educator. Her poetry collections include There is a House (1999), The Airing Cupboard (2008), and Feather and Bone (2018). A founder member of, The Word of Mouth women’s poetry collective, she is co-organiser of the occasional reading series Of Mouth at the Linen Hall Library.

Raquel McKee
Raquel is a poet, storyteller, singer/ songwriter, educator and a first-generation Jamaican migrant now resident locally. She was part of a creative collaboration with Terra Nova’s Intercultural piece, IN JUSTICE (2021), a creative conversation using poetry and movement. She applies Jamaican-style Dub Poetry to address personal and political issues.



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