The word is out on Lingo

Has it re­ally taken thi s long for some­one to pull to­gether a spo­ken- word fes­ti­val?

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - NEWS - TONY CLAYTON- LEA

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

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