Due to adverse weather conditions the Dublin: A Year in Words - Poetry and Spoken Word Trail has been rescheduled to run from 1pm Monday 19th March, starting from the Gutter Bookshop.
Celebrate the breadth and diversity of the city’s living poets on a curated trail, based on the poet’s own work and the places that inspire them. In collaboration with Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and their video series Dublin: A Year in Words, enjoy exceptional performances from an array of emerging and established poets including Natalya O’Flaherty, Phil Lynch, Erin Fornoff, Dagogo Harte, Aifric Ni Ruairc and Abby Oliveira. Host, the charismatic poetician John Cummins will regale anecdotes along the way!
Curated by Linda Devlin and Stephen James Smith.
About the Poets:
In her own words: “I’m Natalya. I see myself as someone with lots of opinions but not a lot of opportunities to have them listened to. In short, an up and coming spoken word artist. As a 16 year-old girl growing up in West Dublin, my work is largely influenced by the lifestyles and experiences of the working classes. From my personal experiences to commentary on social Ireland as a whole, my poems reflect what I see as a social revolution. In a time of change and growth for the Irish, I’ve found my voice through the cheap rhymes and hard hitting nature of spoken word.”
Phil Lynch lives in Dublin. Most recently, his poems have appeared in, amongst others: Even The Daybreak: 35 Years of Salmon Poetry, Revival, Bare Hands Anthology, Bare Hands Poetry (online), Boyne Berries Series, The Poetry Bus, Headstuff, OFi Press Literary Magazine (Mexico), Silver Apples Magazine, Bray Arts Journal. In 2015, he was placed third in the Doolin Writers’ Weekend Poetry Competition, shortlisted in the Red Line Poetry Competition and longlisted in the Dermot Healy International Poetry Competition. In 2014 he was a runner-up in the iYeats Poetry Competition and is a regular reader/performer at poetry and spoken word events and festivals in Ireland and further afield, including Electric Picnic and Cúirt festivals and events in London, Paris, Brussels and New York.
Erin Fornoff hails from the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina. Based in Dublin, she has performed her poetry at dozens of festivals and events across Ireland, the US, and the UK including Glastonbury, Electric Picnic and Cúirt. She has featured at Hozier and James Taylor concerts and collaborated on a large-scale street art and film project, ‘The Volunteers,’ with artist Joe Caslin in 2017. In 2014 she was a part of the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series and her poem ‘Thigh’ was included in Best New English and Irish Poets 2016.
Dagogo Hart is a Dublin based poet, writer and spoken word artist whose words have wowed audiences from bar basements to electric picnic stages. He is the current slam sunday champion and an All-Ireland poetry slam finalist. He has been published in publications such as the UCC motley and Poetry Ireland. His style of poetry is inspired by his hometown in Lagos, Nigeria and his experiences since moving to Ireland. He writes about love, life and family and uses his interest in fantasy novels to write abstract poems that mirror his life and experiences.
Abby Oliveira is a writer and performer based in Northern Ireland. She has performed her poetry in the mucky fields of festivals such as Glastonbury, Electric Picnic, and Body&Soul, to the Black Box, Belfast, and the National Concert Hall in Dublin. She was the 2014 and ‘15 Lingo Festival poetry slam champion, and has supported artists such as Damian Dempsey, Hollie McNish, Saul Williams, Polarbear, and Scroobius Pip.
Aifric Ni Ruairc is a bilingual theatre-maker, writer and performer. Alongside Joey Kavanagh she is founder, presenter and a regular performer at Crash Test Caint a monthly pop-up evening of Irish-language talks, performances and readings. In 2017 she was the Ealaíontóir Chónaitheacht ( Irish-language Artist in Residence) in the axis arts centre Ballymun.
John Cummins has been writing for over 20 years and has been performing since early 2010. A three time Leinster Poetry Slam Champion and the 2013/2014 All-Ireland Poetry Slam Champion, John has performed at festivals and events across the country, including Other Voices, Electric Picnic, Indiependence, and Knockanstockan.