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Poetry: Olivia Mulligan

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Poetry: Olivia Mulligan

Rural Arts Thirsk
Friday 13th November
An evening of poetry and spoken word with local poet, Olivia Mulligan, whose daily poems – tacked to her garden gate – took the internet by storm during lockdown.
"Olivia Mulligan has done a great job of turning isolation into art; here are poems that speak to us all about how the everyday can be transformed by heightened language, and that a kind of transcendence can happen if we just stare hard enough at real life" Poet Ian McMillan, Bard of Barnsley 
"Olivia captures life in lockdown beautifully. These verses are full to the brim with kindness, heart and just the right amount of absurdity." Harry Whittaker, BBC Radio York, Co-Author of The Guardian Angels Series 

"Poetry Gold." Joanita Musisi, BBC Radio York
"This is a brilliant, insightful, and, despite a nation in fear, hopeful collection of poems inspired by, and in response to, a world under pandemic lockdown. Seldom has any poet or writer been capable of piercing gloom in such an entertaining, humorous and insightful way with such joyous beauty, from the heart. This is a modern classic, a masterpiece for our time, and for times to come." Mark Thompson, Author of internationally published novel ‘DUST’ published by Red Door Press in UK 
Olivia is also running a workshop in Adult's Poetry at Rural Arts on Sat 14th November:
Gain confidence in your skills and inspire the inner writer within you by taking part in our adult's poetry workshop.
Adult's Poetry (Sat 14th November)
Please note: We do not issue physical tickets. Please use your email order confirmation as proof of purchase.

COVID-19 Secure Guidelines

Wearing a face covering during live events at The Courthouse is mandatory, unless you are exempt.

Cloth and disposable face masks can be uncomfortable, hot and fog up your glasses!

Donate (min. £1.50) to Rural Arts and use one of our high-grade, CE-certified acrylic face shields.

They’re sanitised and quarantined between uses for your safety and peace of mind.

Friday 13th November, 7.30pm Tickets Available: 0
Concession (unemployed) 8.00
Concession (Full Time Student) 8.00
Concession (Over 65) 8.00
Concession (under 25) 8.00
Concession (Disabled) 8.00
Adult Ticket 10.00

Disability Access

Car Parking

The Courthouse offers disabled parking for Blue Badge owners. If you will be needing to use the disabled parking please contact us prior to arrival so we can reserve you a place in our carpark. 

Wheel Chair Access

The Courthouse has wheel chair access into, and throughout, the building. There is a lift providing access to the second floor and disabled toilet.

If you are coming to a workshop or performance please let us know in advance so we can allocate a space for you in the audience or studio.


If you have purchased a place on a workshop or to one of our performances at The Courthouse and are bringing a carer with you, please let us know when you book your place. Carers are welcome to attend the activity, but if they wish to participate they will need to book a place. 

Assistance Dogs

Assistance Dogs are allowed in the building.

How To Find The Venue

Planning Your Visit

  • A short walk from Thirsk Market Place
  • Local parking
  • Disabled parking, access and toilet
  • Games, books and activities for children
  • Children’s menu
  • Baby changing facilities
  • High chair


Poetry: Olivia Mulligan

Poetry: Olivia Mulligan
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