PICK OF THE WEEK
The oral tradition gets a full hearing this weekend as Ireland’s first-ever spoken word festival takes place in various venues around Dublin.
Launching tonight in the Workman’s with a showcase of wordsmiths, followed by Brownbread Mixtape; and “Everything Is Political” – featuring poet-gone-viral Stephen Murphy. The night ends with headliners Karl Parkinson and John Cummins.
Saturday kick off with grub and words in Roasted Brown Cafe followed by A-Musings in the Workman’s. Smock Alley features Shout Out – a teen poetry showcase, while Monday Echo will see a line-up of poets v rappers, before arts cabaret Nighthawks takes over.
Later on Saturday, The Hero Hour in aid of ISPCC Childline sees Donal Ryan, Senator David Norris and Temper-Mental MissElayneous join others to discuss their favourite poems. The headline bill is shared by Abby Oliveira and Polarbear.
Sunday events include Lingo Bingo in Workman’s, followed by Petty Cash, and Delorentosled Weekly General Meeting before Irish Poetry Chair Paula Meehan, Elaine Feeney and Paul Curran. The weekend ends with a poetry slam hosted by comedy duo The Gombeens (pictured). For full details, see lingofestival.com