Poetry Day Ireland Ambassadors

Each of our Poetry Day Ireland Ambassadors is already trailblazing the way when it comes to bringing poetry to new audiences year-round. Keep an eye out on their Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts for great Poetry Day related content, or read a surprise-themed poem by each Ambassador on poetryday.ie from 26 April. 

Elaine Feeney

Galway poet Elaine Feeney teaches at the National University of Ireland, Galway and St. Jarlath’s College, Tuam. Her three collections of poetry are Where’s Katie?, The Radio was Gospel, and Rise – all published by Salmon. She has just finished her first novel, SIC[K] and a pilot comedy TV series.
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Maria McManus

Maria McManus has collaborated extensively with others to put poetry into public space in projects such as Quotidian – Word on the Street, Cirque des Oiseaux, DUST, and LabeLLit. She is curator of Ireland’s first Poetry Jukebox. She is author of Available Light, We are Bone, The Cello Suites, and Reading the Dog.
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Doireann Ní Ghríofa

Doireann Ní Ghríofa is a bilingual writer. Her fourth book is Oighear (Coiscéim, 2017), and a collaborative book with artist Alice Maher is forthcoming from The Salvage Press. Doireann is Commissioned Writer for Temple Bar Gallery + Studios 2018, Artist-in-Residence for Cork Midsummer Festival 2018–2019, and an Associate of Trinity College Centre for Literary Translation, Dublin

Stephen James Smith

Stephen James Smith is a Dublin poet and playwright central to the rise of the Irish spoken word scene. His poetry videos have amassed over 1 million views online, including ‘My Ireland’, a short poetry film commissioned by St. Patrick’s Festival. Stephen has performed extensively at venues and events such as Electric Picnic, Other Voices, the London Palladium and Glastonbury Festival. His debut collection, Fear Not, will be published by Arlen House this summer.
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Tebi Rex

Tebi Rex are an alternative hip-hop duo whose style can fluctuate from catchy, upbeat pop to strikingly dark and complex lyricism. Their first single of 2017, ‘Everything You Say Is A Poem’, picked up major radio support, as did the (sort of) summer anthem ‘Icarus’. 2018 began with the release of ‘Men Are Trash’, making both the UK and Irish Viral Top 50 charts and the EP Welcome To The Darkest Year Of Our Adventures – telling the story of the band so far.
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