Respond Project Set to Return

respond projectFollowing the success of its first venture, the Respond project is back, but this time, with a modern twist.

Last year, ten writers and ten visual artists collaborated in the first Respond project. Local writers submitted prose and poetry, and the artists were given the challenge of creating a piece of art in response to the writing.

The project was a huge success, resulting in an enjoyable exhibition, and a book containing the twenty works used.

This time around, it’s the turn of local film-makers and videographers to make short video responses to the assigned writing.

Explaining that YouTube and social media in general is a huge presence in today’s world, Literary Editor Lorne Patterson said, “It was a new way of publication, a new outlet apart from traditional hard copy.”

According to Lorne, the project proved very popular this year, with a huge number of writers submitting works under the theme of ‘Longford’ for consideration.

“It’s still in the early stages,” Lorne continued, going on to say that “it’s a good start. There’s certainly some interesting and some intriguing ideas.”

On the other side of the project, Shane Crossan had the difficult task of finding ten film-makers to create the short videos.

“It’s a really interesting project,” he admitted. “We’re looking forward to it.

“When we meet up, the pieces of writing will be assigned randomly,” he explained.

With a wide variety of writers and film-makers from different backgrounds and disciplines, Shane added, “Hopefully, we’ll get lots of different perspectives on it.”

While a beautiful book was published at the end of last year’s Respond, it is hoped that this year, the pieces will be displayed on www.virtualwriter.ie and www.longforddigitalarts.ie