Fran Cassidy (top) writes:
This is a poem I wrote and recorded myself reading which your readers may find irritating…
The Lingo spoken word festival is back!
Yesterday saw the launch of our official programme for LINGO, Ireland’s first and only spoken word festival, and we’re super proud of it. Spoken word is all about having a voice, so for this, the third year of LINGO, we decided to ask: What are we using it for?
How can we really amplify voices calling for change? So, we’re showcasing some of the most interesting and inspirational voices from Ireland and overseas to do just that.
From American indie-hop legend Sage Francis and Palestinian poet Rafeef Ziadah, to an evening of craic and conversation about art & social change hosted by Blindboy Boatclub (Rubberbandits) with Panti Bliss, Tara Flynn and female muslim hip-hop act Poetic Pilgrimage.
There’s also a bundle of free events for young and old, with open mics, an epic poetry slam, world premieres of new work, and yer man who writes the limericks at broadsheet.ie. In other words, we reckon we have something for everyone!.
Lingo Festival Programme and tickets here
Saul Williams, world renowned poet, rapper, actor and musician [performing ‘List Of Demands’ above) will headline this years LINGO Festival in The Workman’s Club, Dublin on October 18.
Lingo, Ireland’s first Spoken Word festival, attracted “almost 1000 punters into four different venues” last year.
Festival Co-Director Colm Keegan sez:
“Right back at the beginning when we were setting up LINGO, the dream was to connect what’s going on in Ireland with the wider live literature scene, by having world famous poets perform here. Saul was one of the first people on the list. He is the absolute epitome of a spoken word artist. Trace what’s great about the upswell in performance poetry across the world and Saul Williams is there at ground zero, the start of everything, the heart of the hurricane – we are absolutely delighted to have him involved.”
Early Bird tickets for Saul Williams priced €17.50are on sale now from Eventbrite.
This (above) is Kevin performing his much-loved cyber poem ‘I Love The Internet’ with blinding animation by Bruce Ryder.
My friend Sorcha [Ní Mhealláin] recently uploaded this lovely piece of spoken word. It is set to equally lovely music and video.
The Gardener by Stephen James Smith.
Featuring music by Colm Ó Foghlú.
Free audio download here