Community Celebration!


Hello everyone!

In case you weren’t able to join us for our community celebration last week, here’s what you missed, and if you were able, thank you for coming along and making the evening so special.

Throwing it back to last Friday where the weather was wet, but spirits were high, our community from all over Ireland (and beyond!) gathered to celebrate all that Turf & Grain is, was, and, post our successful kickstarter campaign, hopes to be.

Rachel Campbell, Kerri Todd and Rachel McQueen setting up

The fantastic Framewerk, based on the Upper Newtonards Road in East Belfast, hosted roughly 50 creatives as we joined together over drinks and homemade shortbread to chat, share and listen as Turf & Grain migrates into this new era. Kellyn Bowler, Kalie Reid and Mel Wiggins told us their own stories of migration, sharing with us their experiences and journeys thus far and their thoughts and ideas around the important topic,  both in their own lives and as the theme of Issue 5. There was also the opportunity for Q&A with our panel, which gave real insight to our communities own stories, experiences and ideas.

Kalie Reid speaking about her experiences with Turf & Grain

Later in the evening we were treated to poetry from Lorna Mills as she shared her story of migration to motherhood, and Kerri Todd as she explored community and it’s necessity amongst our current world context. We were also lucky to hear ‘she walks on water’ from the author herself Lynda Hewitt. Lynda’s short story was featured in issue 4 and it was magic to hear it in person.

We are so grateful to have so many people from all walks of life come together and celebrate the abundance of creativity across the Emerald Isle, and we thank you each of you for your continued support of Turf & Grain.

If you were there, thank you again for coming along, and if you weren’t, we will catch you at the next one.

Until then,


Image by Kalie Reid