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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

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