The word is out on Lingo
Has it really taken thi s long for someone to pull together a spoken- word festival?
Ireland’s first ever spoken word festival? Really? There’s never been one before? It’s true and true again – despite the proliferation of book festivals, writer’s festivals, literary festivals and all the rest of the festivals that celebrate the written word, Lingo Spoken Word Festival is the first of its kind.
Set up by Irish poets Colm Keegan and Stephen J Smith, and Dublin- based US poet Erin Fornoff, Lingo aims to blend curated, festival- specific components while accommodating as many voices ( drawn from an open submission) as possible. The primary aim, says Fornoff, who is the event’s artistic director, is to put Ireland on the map “as a must- visit destination in the international spoken- word event calendar”.
The full line- up – announced last night – includes UK slam poet Polar Bear ( aka Steven Camden, a wordsmith much admired by Kate Tempest who you may have caught at the 2010 Dublin Fringe Festival); Derrybased Abby Oliveira; 2013 All Ireland Slam Poet champion John Cummins; and the current holder of the Chair of Irish Poetry, Paula Meehan.
Associated events include Poetry Brunch, panel discussions, gigs, festival club, and The Hero Hour – which has a panel of public figures ( 2fm presenter Rick O’Shea, Senator David Norris, RTÉ newsreader Aengus Mac Grianna) sharing their favourite piece of poetry.
Lingo takes place in three Dublin venues – the Workman’s Club, the Liquor Rooms, Smock Alley – across the weekend of October 17/ 18/ 19. Tickets are ¤ 16 to ¤ 35 from entertainment. ie and Smock Alley Theatre. Attendance is requested and expected. Otherwise, there’ll be words. Mark my . . . oh, whatever.
WORD UP Polar Bear, aka Steven Camden, performs at Lingo next month