Niall McDevitt is an Irish poet resident in London, author of three critically acclaimed collections of poetry, b/w(Waterloo Press, 2010), Porterloo (International Times, 2013) and Firing Slits: Jerusalem Colportage (New River Press, 2016). He is a walking artist who specialises in the psychohistory and psychogeography of the canonical poets of London, such as Shakespeare, Blake, Rimbaud, and Yeats. In collaboration with New River Press he began the Niall McDevitt London Poetry Walks which currently take place every Saturday and Sunday at 2pm around the city. Heathcote Williams described his work as “savagely witty”. In 2016 he was invited to read in Iraq at the Babylon Festival for International Arts and Culture. Following this he wrote the major work Babylon (a neoliberal theodicy), forthcoming from New River Press, which adapts Akkadian-Sumerian texts to critique western globalism.

Niall McDevitt will be performing with the New River Poets.