Claudia Crampton is a spoken word artist and poet from Greystones and a recent graduate of English, Media and Cultural Studies. Claudia's profile was illuminated following the viral video of her powerful piece ‘Diversity Is Not Dangerous’, a poem that highlights the inequality, injustice and inhumanity that she witnesses in her life. This piece was developed as a collaboration with filmmaker Marelia Nogueira to mark the European Day Against Hate Crime 2018.
Video Link: Diversity Is Not Dangerous
Waterford's, Sasha Terfous grew up as an outsider in the purest sense of the word – her sexuality, ethnicity and even her personality marking an easy target. Taking her differences and growing into them, she has emerged as a proud gay woman of colour and found that her perceived weaknesses have become part of her strength. In 2019 she took part in the worldwide project Female Tribes, articulating the challenges facing women in Ireland today. The opening lines of her poem sum it up perfectly; "women in Ireland have bought into the idea that it has never been a better time to be a woman. This, unfortunately, is a myth." The summer of 2019 saw Sasha performing at the Electric Picnic, Other Voices, All Together Now and with Wooden Elephant on their German performances of Beyoncé’s Lemonade album.
Video Link: Warrior Women
Rúairí Conneely is a jack-of-all-trades, Master of Some kind of writer. He has been haunting the spoken word and poetry scene of Dublin and beyond for about a decade. He has performed at Gallery X, The Icon FActory, The Bello Bar, JUST WORDS at the MART Rathmines, and K-Fest Kilorglin to name a few venues. He is a member of Poetry Brothel Dublin and co-curates and co-hosts the THIRST FOR VERSE nights with poet and DJ Caoimhe Lavelle
Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan is a Dublin-based arts manager and writer from India, who has also lived in North America, Sweden, Turkey, and the UK. She has been featured on The Moth and Mortified podcasts, with work aired on NPR and Irish radio, and regularly performs her poetry at literary and cabaret events in Dublin. In 2018 she was a participant in the Irish Writers Centre's XBorders: Accord programme. Chandrika’s poetry is included in the upcoming anthology Writing Home: The ‘New Irish’ Poets from Dedalus Press.
Richard Brennan is young, bi, single, childless, part-time unemployed and completely devoid of talent. He’s also a pathological liar. Hobbies include driving prodigious distances to stand in dark basements under bright spotlights reciting rhyming couplets to complete strangers on themes as diverse as spiders, nocturnal emissions and second hand LPs. Richard is widely experienced at this stage; having performed at Electric Picnic, Body & Soul as well as numerous arts festivals up and down the country.
Raneem Saleh is a recent medical graduate from University College Dublin, and a spoken word poet. Originally from Saudi Arabia, Raneem has been living in Ireland for the last 9 years, and it was here that she discovered her passion for spoken word poetry. She has represented UCD at the inter-varsity poetry slam twice in the last two years, and has been invited to perform at many worthwhile events such as PalFest, European Network Against Racism's Islamophobia conference and the Ramadan Tent Project.
Raneem's poem 'You Think I Wear This For You' featured in the Dublin UNESCO City of Culture project A Year in Words', a year-long series of poetry videos filmed across 12 Dublin bookshops.
Video Link: You Think I Wear This For You
Síofra Ní Mháirtín
Síofra Ní Mháirtín is a poet who blends Irish and English fluently in her work. She comes from west Cork originally, but has lived and studied at NUI Maynooth for the past three years. Síofra has a dark, but beautiful way with words and keeps her audiences enthralled throughout her performances even through topics as haunting the Kerry babies.
Grace Kiernan has explored a wide array of artistic pursuits, as a visual artist, musician but comes to us as a spoken word artist. Her style is biting, witty and fierce, leaving the listener with a smile on their face but a fire in their belly as she discusses the issues that most affect her generation.
Ruqaiya Ahmed, originally from Pakistan moved to Dublin eleven years ago. She started writing poetry as a way to channel the strong emotions she was experiencing towards war, injustice, inequality, abuse and love. For Ruqaiya poetry is her way of making sense of the world, and little by little, and by reading her poetry it, she hopes to share her perspectives with others and learn the perspectives of those around her, to enable her to work towards a world that is more aware, understanding, kind and fair to all.
Stephen Clarke is a writer and poet raised in Co. Cavan, but now living in Maynooth. His work spans a variety of themes, from the fragility of loss to the hunger for home and childhood. His dulcet tones highlight the beauty of the imagery he creates.
Channel Magazine's Poets
Channel is a new magazine born out of the climate crisis, publishing poetry and prose with an environmentalist perspective. They publish new, previously unpublished work that engages with the natural world. They have a particular interest in work which encourages reflection on human interaction with plant and animal life, landscape and the self. For the festival they will present a programe of some of their finest poets, as well as a chance to get your hands on some copies of their magazine which will be on sale. Featuring: Patrick Deeley, Suzzanna Matthews, DS Maolalai and Aoife Riach. Link here for biographies.
Cleyton Mendes Ferreira
Cleyton Mendes Ferreira was born in the eastern zone of São Paulo, Brazil. He is a writer, poet, slammer, master of ceremony, cultural activist and a griot of the ghetto. His texts embody an effervescent passion for orality, a mixture of ancestry, bohemia, reflection, banzo, longing and of course, love - in itself and for what it does.
Like most of Brazil's young black community Cleyton knew very early on of the heavy hand, the toil and the prejudice that was destined to be his life if he did not escape this chaos; it was this macabre reality that was the fuel for his 'walk'.
Cleyton graduated in Advertising and Propaganda from Universidade Nove De Julho in 2016. He has published four books 'Relatos De Uma Insônia' 'Contraindicação', 'ETCÉTERA' and 'Africa é Logo Aqui', besides being part of fourteen other poetic anthologies, produced by different cultural collectives throughout Brazil.